There's No Business Like Snow Business
For some, the snow means a little extra green.
For most folks, more snow means aching backs and a huge headache. But for some lucky businesses, the white stuff means more green in their wallets.
The local supermarkets thrive during the New England winters thanks to the plethora of storms and Blizzard of 78-preparedness. Locals can not hunker down for a storm without their milk, eggs and bread.
At Shaw's in Canton, the parking lot was difficult to navigate as cars were driving during the intense snow and low visibility. Shoppers ran in to buy the New England essentials before this week's two-part storm hit full swing. Aisles were packed with customers at 1o:00 a.m. Tuesday. According to a check-out clerk, "This place has been busy since I got here at 8:30 this morning."
A customer service manager added, "I just got here. It's going to be a long day!"
Also enjoying the snowfall was local business owner Robert Greene. Greene, who owns Robert Roofing and Gutters, was out Tuesday assisting residents with their frozen roofs and ice dams in their gutters. He has had a spike in calls coming from homeowners in Canton, Stoughton and surrounding towns.
"I'm getting a lot of calls for ice dams on roofs," Greene said while working on a roof. "I shovel off the edges...and also I lay some ice melt solvent along the gutters."
Greene said the best thing for homeowners to do is not to pull off the giant icicles. That will tear off shingles and wood, he said. Instead, pour some ice melt on the roof or call in a professional contractor.
"But just try to move Mother Nature along a little faster," Greene said. "I'm just trying to be proactive to help people not have leaks in their houses."
Over at Home Depot in nearby Avon, trying to get a snowblower or roof rake was out of the question. The sales clerk told a Patch reporter that the store was sold out of roof rakes and snow blowers. Only a few shovels and salt were left in the store.