Brutal winter helps some businesses, hurts others

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The winter has been rough around the St. Louis area, especially for business owners who are trying to get by. Tom Freesmeier owns Cannoli's restaurant in Florissant and says sales are down. He's making changes to his menu and has more specials to stay afloat.

"It's been pretty rough since that first heavy snow we had on a Sunday. It's not just the snow, it's the cold. I don't think people want to deal with the cold weather after they've been dealing with it all day so we've been down 20 to 25 percent," said Freesmeier.

On the other hand, things have been great for Gregg Boss of English Sweep and Tom Jung at Schnarr's Hardware in Ladue. Both say business is up 20 percent. People are buying supplies and keeping their chimneys in check.

"It's been pretty busy. A lot of people have been preparing to use the fireplace ahead of time. Now we're doing more emergency type work with chimney fires," said Boss.

"Business has been good, been real good through the holidays and all of this weather," Jung said.

Freemeier also says food distributors are taking a hit because of a drop in orders.

"I hope everyone comes back out and eats and enjoy what they used to do," he said.

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