Local shops back in business after snow storm sweeps across the region


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    RICHLAND, Wash. -- Local businesses are finally getting a break after heavy snow fall across the Tri-Cities impacted businesses drastically. Some store owners were forced to shut down business.

    Store manager Richard Rhodes at Ragtime Antiques in downtown Richland said the snow made it hard to get to work and even harder for customers to make it inside the store.

    Rhodes said the days they did open shop business was slow. Sometimes with less than 15 people coming in a day.

    He said usually at least 50 to 100 customers come in daily, but last week only a few souls braved the snow.

    Store owner Ray George said he lost at least a quarter of sales over the month. He says he’s never experienced anything like this.

    However, on Monday, customers at Ragtime Antiques said they feel free once more to be out shopping.

    “The walls aren’t closing in on me anymore,” said customer Linda Ault. “It’s just nice to get out and talk to people and maybe find some treasures.”

    Although many local shops were set back, the store owner at Ragtime Antiques said he’s glad to have his business.

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