As snow piles up, some businesses remain open - KCTV5

As snow piles up, some businesses remain open

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KANSAS AND MISSOURI (KCTV) -

While some businesses decided to close up shop Tuesday, others decided to brave the snow and possible drop in business to keep their doors open.

Gusto Coffee Bistro in Lee's Summit, MO, turned into a mobile office for those snowed in, which means good snow day business for the owners.

"It's easy to get distracted when you're at your house. I think they come up here and stay focused on what they are doing and do some good work and get some good coffee," said Brenda Gustafson, the owner.

She said they saw a steady stream of customers coming out of the cold.

"The snow and a coffee shop go hand in hand - you can stay warm and watch the pretty snow outside," Gustafson said.

Shop workers were sent home. The owners plan to stay open all day running the shop. They say they are not worried about their commute because it's only three blocks.

Thousands of Kansas Citians began preparing for the winter blast by stocking up on groceries, leading to long lines and empty shelves. Bread, milk and even bottled water quickly vanished.

But that doesn't mean that people who braved the storm Tuesday were out luck as stores spent all night re-stocking.

"Around 11:15 last night our whole bread aisle was completely empty," said Jeff Nolkie, the manager of the Mission, KS, Hy-Vee. "This year was challenging because we had to prepare for the Super Bowl as well as the impending snow storm."

Some shoppers were surprised just how stocked the shelves were.

"I'm from Georgia and I can tell you by now we wouldn't have any water or any bread," said Sherrie Gillis-Clark.

Legends Outlets in Kansas City, KS, decided they would close at 2 p.m. due to the inclement weather, but individual retailers and restaurants may stay open at their own discretion.

Independence Center closed at 3 p.m. At this time, the mall is expected to be open at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Employees and shoppers are encouraged to call the mall shopping line for updates at 816-795-8600.

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