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First Winter Blast Impacts Springfield Businesses

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Less foot traffic meant slower business for some Springfield shops, but other businesses thrived during the cold weather.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Less foot traffic meant slower business for some Springfield shops, but other businesses thrived during the cold weather.

"There's usually people hanging out on the square, and I haven't seen anybody out there recently," Janina Hargin, the owner of Dowtown Clothing Exchange, said.

Shop owners, like Hargin, said downtown has been pretty desolate during Springfield's first winter blast.

"I think we've had three or four people come in the past two days," Hargin said.

Some businesses saw a bit more activity Saturday, after two days of very little foot traffic. 

"Today was a lot different. We actually had a lunch. People are coming out of hibernation," Christiano Bellotti, of Like Big Momma's coffee shop, said.

At Big Momma's, hot drinks were a hot commodity. Other businesses, though, have seen big benefits.

A steady stream of costumers have braved the snow for Family Video.

"Most people don't want to buy a car in this weather, but when it comes to watching videos: definitely. Or video games: huge things," manager John Van Gorden said.

"We don't want to get out and get stuck and everything, so we're trying to find something to do to just chill out," customer Sarah Stow said.

Van Gorden said the first snow is the best time of year for him to work.

"This is one of my favorite times of the year, other then the hecticness, but people are great. Customers are fun. You get a little bit of everyone in the mix," he said.
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