Harsh winter proves costly for Indy businesses

(WISH Photo, file/ Marcie Mangan)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This winter is now officially the snowiest season on record in Indianapolis. But the Funk Yard Coffee Shop in Fountain Square isn’t celebrating.

Owner Sherry Stiver says since January, the relentless snow and cold have cut her sales in half.

“We had four days that we didn’t open at all, and then several days we were late, and several days I don’t know why we came in,” said Stiver.

Next door to Stiver, the owner of a comic book store is hurting too.

Owner Mike Rittenhouse says there is “not a lot of foot traffic.” So instead of his normal Sunday off, the doors were open.

“(We are open today) to try and get extra business because it’s been so slow that I need the extra money just to stay open – to keep the lights on,” he said.

Even when the streets were mostly clear, Stiver said, at times, it could still be tough for customers to get through their doors with so much snow taking up so much parking.

“It was hard to find a place to park,” she said.

Meanwhile, across town, making sure tenants have a place to park is costing building owners like Kurt Flock.

“You program maybe a couple of snow plows but not six or seven . Every time you get two or three inches, you need to get the snow out of here for the safety of your residents,” said Flock.

Back at the Funk Yard, Sherry Stiver can relate.

“I think I’m going to have to get a new window,” she said holding a shovel she’d broken.
She literally wore out her shovel in a winter that has proven exhausting, expensive, and not over yet.
“I just hope that we don’t have another winter like this for quite a while,” she said.

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