Northampton businesses brave snow storm

Video: Weather conditions in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton is crowded with foot traffic on most days, but on Monday, snow covered roads turned the city into a ghost town.

Many local businesses didn’t even try to open up, but a few restaurants decided to brave the white out.

There wasn’t an empty seat in house at The Haymarket Café. The manager, Patrice Rasmussen, said they’re always busy when it’s snowing outside.

“Business is normal, a little busier than average. People are hanging out here a little longer, probably getting out of their houses, a lot of locals here,” she said.

Jake’s Restaurant filled up fast for breakfast, but owner Alexander Washut told 22News compared to a “normal” day, they were expecting a 50 percent dip in business. “It snows, so you kind of just get used to it, we’ll still have customers in, As long as we serve hot food and hot coffee they’ll come around,” he said.

The snow prevented some residents from getting to work, but there was no “snow day” for Northampton resident Mary Biddle, who worked from her home laptop. “This is easier for me and it keeps business going. We’re in the middle of a big project that’s taking place in March so it’s critical for us to get our work done every day,” she said.

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