Several stores on the Downtown Mall close due to storm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Several local shops on the Downtown Mall closed for business Sunday due to weather concerns from the winter storm over the weekend.

A few of the stores closed their doors early Saturday afternoon in anticipation of the effects from the snow, including Joan Fenton's clothing shop.

"We're closed today on the assumption that when you put on boots and you're walking in the snow, you really don't want to try on clothing," Fenton said.

Fenton owns two stores, including Quilted Unlimited, which remained open Sunday.

She said Quilted Unlimited's location gives them business during the bad weather.

"We're lucky because we're close to the movie theatre so a lot of people will come out, go to the movies, shop with us," she said. "We get business over here and plus we selll hats and gloves and scarves and then when it rains we sell rain coats."

Other stores remained open during the weekend, including Mudhouse.

Ashley Carpenter, one of the baristas, said staying open during the storm is a tradition passed on by the owners.

"At their coffee cart, before the store opened, they used to bring it down to the mall," said Carpenter. "Even if it used to snow and people would come out and still buy coffee from them, it was always this big thing because everywhere else would be closed and then it just really brought the community together."

Despite the weather, Fenton said it's always slow for retail sales during the first couple of months of the new year.

However, she hopes for better days in sales with the upcoming holiday weekends.

"The weather always impacts business down here, but January and February are generally much slower for any retail or restaurant," said Fenton. "You really just hope it'll be okay."

Fenton expects her clothing store will be open again for business Monday.

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