Blizzard of 2016 Impacts Business in the Region

COLLEGE PARK – The blizzard of 2016 kept people off the roads and shut down public transportation. Some businesses were forced to close, while others were able to brave the elements and stay open. Those that closed lost profits, and employees lost wages, but at hardware stores like Strosnider’s in Bethesda, losses were balanced out by increased demand for supplies to deal with the tremendous snowfall. In College Park, the Board and Brew was able to stay open. While profits were not as robust as on a normal weekend, they still made a profit. Owner Ben Epstein also said that staying open allowed them to signal to the community that they are always ready to serve customers.