By Michael Kuhne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
March 25, 2014
While some economists have said this year’s severe winter weather has masked economic performance, citing a recorded 0.4 percent decrease in United States retail and food services sale figures, this winter has also frozen daily operations and increased expenses for small business owners working in the Midwest.
“We probably had about three decent snowstorms that just shut you down for the day,” Grace Harper Florist Owner John Kewish said.
Kewish has owned the business located in midtown Detroit, Mich., for 25 years, but the business has been in the city since 1918, he said.
With about 91 inches of snowfall recorded this season for Detroit, the winter chill has forced a slowdown for Kewish’s delivery schedule and business operations.
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Randy Adkins Jr., this year marks the second-snowiest year on record for the city, just four inches shy of the previous record.
“Even the snow we got this year, it really slows you down,” he said. “It usually slows us down about 50 percent; our delivery capabilities were cut for a couple of days.”
Kewish said they’ll focus on completing all of their commercial deliveries first, and delay the residential ones if weather is freezing up the process.
“We do a lot of commercial work,” he said, adding that he was fortunate to make the Valentine’s Day deliveries without much interference from Mother Nature.
“We were pretty lucky it didn’t affect us this year,” he said. “We’re always worried about the Valentine’s Day weather.”