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After Christmas retail sales slowed by winter storm

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The day after Christmas usually means shoppers exchanging gifts or spending Christmas money. However, 'Old Man winter' seemed to put a damper on things this year.

Daniel Smith of Florence, KY said he drove to downtown Cincinnati despite the weather.

"We tested the roads out at first just to make sure it wasn't too bad, and then we saw that the roads were a little wet, a little sludgy, but nothing too awful, so we didn't really change our plans."

The plans for Daniel and his girlfriend were to go to Koch Sports and get bindings for Daniel's new skis, which in some areas may be the best way to get around.

However, sloppy roads don't bother Larry Schindle of Green Township. Schindle said, "I'm used to driving in snow. Got an all wheel drive vehicle. It's not an issue."

Greg Koch says business has been good over the holidays, but not on Wednesday.

"Actually the people that are coming in are in pretty good spirits, but there isn't a whole lot of them coming in. It's kind of quiet today. I think the weather has scared people off, and they're staying put."

The story is much the same at the boutique 'Kismet' in Obryonville, where store manager Annalisa Purdam says business is down.

"Weather slows us down, it really does, and today a lot of people are spending the holiday with family and friends."

Purdam says holiday sales overall have been better than last year, thanks to customers like Katherine Zeiger of Montgomery. Zeiger says the weather was no big deal.

"We drove through every type of weather: sleet, snow, rain. We got our nails done and now we're doing some shopping. So just got to drive a little bit slower." 

At Graeters in Clifton, Manager Adam Wehby says sales are taking a hit.

"With the snow its not good for ice cream sales that's for sure, but with it being the day after Christmas I haven't had many customers or guests come in. I really didn't expect too many because we had a power outage earlier."

Duke Energy says a tree fell on a line and about 2100 Clifton area customers lost power and that coupled with the weather caused a number of business owners not to open at all.

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