Despite a stormy day, some downtown businesses opted to stay open

By Melissa Heald
Jan. 23, 2014

Freda Ford took one look out her window and knew she would be going to work anyway.
Despite a blizzard that forced schools to close and many businesses to shut down, some shops in the Charlottetown downtown core opted to open Jan. 22.
Ford, an employee at Burke Electric on Queen Street, said the store opened in the morning because the conditions at the time weren’t too bad.
The store even had a few customers.
‘There are a lot of restaurants and other businesses around this area and they come in to get bulbs and stuff.”
At Timothy’s coffee shop, employee Tim Martel said the store generally opens no matter the weather, but the decision to close was up to him.
“I’m just seeing how bad it gets and how slow I am before I make a decision.”
He would definitely close if he hadn’t had any customers for an hour or so, but although it hadn’t been too busy, he was still getting customers about every 20 minutes.
Roger Carter, owner of the Green Man Vintage and Vinyl on University Avenue, opens when there is a storm, if only for a while.
“I’ve got a little bit of work I can do down here, but I’ll probably close up in a little bit.”
And did he have any customers?
“It’s been pretty slow, but we still had a few people come in.”
Carter said the end of January and February is a very quiet time of the year.
“This time of year is pretty slow, so even on a nice day it can be quiet.”
Ford agreed.
“January is not usually a busy month in the downtown core of Charlottetown anyway.”
That’s why as conditions started to deteriorate early in the afternoon with heavy snow and high winds, Burke Electric was planning to close.