by Sia Nyorkor
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:32 PM CST, February 21, 2013
If you were driving today anywhere in Kansas, you probably noticed one thing:
There were some out in the weather and that kept a few businesses open.
Tom Ritchie says Thursday was the best day for him to go shopping for his son's birthday party
The roads are clear of traffic and most stores are empty.
He's relieved Imagine That Toys is open.
The owner says, it's been slow but she's here for her customers.
"The decision kind of came this morning. If I could get out, we were gonna be open from 10-6 just like normal. I grew up in Pittsburgh, so I can drive in snow. I'm comfortable in snow and I honestly had work to do. I figured I could be open and get work done at the same time," says Gwen Ottenberg.
A tough decision to make when you have to worry about staff safety and customers too.
Which is one of the reasons why the owner at Mike's Wine Dive closed for lunch but opened just in time for the evening rush. His staff was able to get in after the roads were cleared.
"We felt like the College Hill area doesn't have many choices in general so we decided to open up just for our regulars," says Brent Steven.
Gabe Vannucchi says he was tired of being in the house. He didn't feel like walking so he found another way.
"My grandma actually dropped me off," he says laughing.
While he enjoys his lobster mac & cheese, he hopes others are safe, getting to where they have to be.
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