Business Owners Have Mixed Reactions About Cold Weather
COLUMBIA - After balmy temperatures over the past days reached into the high 70s, cold weather came back to mid-Missouri on Sunday. As another storm sweeps through the Midwest on the last day of St. Patrick's Day weekend,temperatures dropped into the 30s and brought snow showers and sleet.
The cold weather conditions came as a surprise for some business owners in Columbia, who already started to prepare for the warm weather and had set up terraces and outdoor patios.
"We are not really prepared for the snow. It slows it down quite a bit, you go from $800 sales to less than $100, maybe a little bit more, but overall it affects it a lot," said George Zanward, the day manager at Red Mango.
But for other businesses, cold weather doesn't play a big role.
"We don't see too much of an affect there. The nicer days, sometimes the first nice days, business would be a little bit slow because people are going out, doing things outside as opposed to coming into the coffee shop, but we have quite a few loyal customers that are going to be here no matter what the weather is," said Brandon Summit, general manager at Kaldi's Coffee house.
Temperatures will quickly fall into the lower 20s overnight but are expected to go reach into the 50s on Monday.