Like most Main streets across the region Wednesday, Route 21 through the village of Naples saw a lot less traffic — except for the passing of snow plows — and many businesses were closed or operating with shorter hours.
Like most Main streets across the region Wednesday, Route 21 through the village of Naples saw a lot less traffic — except for the passing of snow plows — and many businesses were closed or operating with shorter hours. A sign on the door of The Grainery, a popular bagel cafe, read it was closed Wed. March 15 and “Enjoy the snow if you can.”
Seems people were taking the storm pretty well. Kids and school staff were on a second- consecutive “snow day” and even those who had to work, like Kyle Kuhner with the village, were taking the storm in stride. Kuhner said he had been up at 3:30 a.m. to help with snow removal during the storm, as he spread salt along the sidewalk in front of the Town and Village Hall offices mid-day Wednesday as snow continued to fall.
At Ronnoldson’s Market, owner Steve Rennoldson said he had missed a delivery from a food supply on Tuesday due to a Thruway restriction. At the governor’s direction, all tractor trailers were banned on the state Thruway on Tuesday and the ban was still in effect Wednesday. It mainly affected delivery of some deli items, Rennoldson said. He expected the Rochester-based supplier to make it on Thursday based on reports the storm was expected to taper off Wednesday night.
The grocery was relatively quiet Wednesday morning and Rennoldson said he was working with a smaller crew, with just those who could walk to work. The store was really busy Monday and again Tuesday morning as people prepared for storm, he said. Business reduced to a “steady trickle Tuesday afternoon” and they closed at 7 p.m,., two hours earlier than usual, on Tuesday.
Rennoldson was still weighing Wednesday afternoon whether to close early again Wednesday, waiting to see what would happen with the storm.
“It is really slow this morning, but we are here,” he said.