Businesses reopen after snow; hope to recoup losses with Valentine’s Day, weekend

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Many businesses downtown Greensboro were closed for the last day or two and are looking forward to making up those sales this weekend.

Brian Lampkin of Scuppernong Books on Elm Street explained, "It hurts because we've only been open seven weeks and we want to be here. We're desperate to be here! I tried to get out yesterday and got stuck on my streets. So we didn't open. No one expected us to, really, but you want to be open for people who can make it!"

He was glad the roads were clear enough to make into work Friday.

"First of all it's such a beautiful day today, so it just does your heart good to get out. It feels great to be here and back in the store," he said.

Lampkin hopes they will recoup some sales Friday night and into the weekend.

"Valentine's Day is today so we have a special guest bartender for tonight. I think every drink he serves is going to come with a quote from some famous literary or artistic couple," he said.

He said the wine bar bookstore has been very busy on weekends so far.

Restaurants downtown are also expecting a busy weekend.

Liberty Oak's General Manager David Dorner said, "It's a big day. It's one of the biggest of the year. We get a lot of couples. We have probably about 200 on for tonight so we're excited."

He said they did get a few cancellations, mostly from out-of-towners. They already filled the list back up and had a lengthy waiting list forming Friday morning.

Dorner added, "I hated we had to close down a day and we lost some sales yesterday, but we hadn't had a snow like that in a while so it was fun for a lot of people."

The Clean and Green team was busy all week downtown, scraping and salting sidewalks. Friday they were targeting shady spots and side streets that still needed attention.

"We want to keep people from injury and keep everybody safe," said crew member Kevin Wallace.

 

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