(WICHITA, Kan.) — When you can't stop shaking from the bitter cold and the roads are barley visible, who wants to go out? "Wichita basically shuts down and it's totally understandable," said Heroes Sports Bar Manager Darrin Hackney.
While many stay shut in their homes, others are open for business. "We've had three or four people," said Steven Gregory with First Gear. He says that's more customers than the running store expected. "Buying running shoes is not on the top of people's priorities if it's going to be really bad out there," he said.
Out the window, a group of guys pushed a car out of the snow. If they were thinking about shoes at all, it would be snow boots. This happened while Gregory used the snow day to stock shelves at the store. "Of course we're open because we want to do business and help people if we can. If it's not safe for people to get to us, I don't blame them for staying home," he said.
While many people didn't feel like shopping, they still had to eat. Some businesses used specials to get people in the door on this snow day. "Half off anything with bacon," said Hackney. That's right, Heroes offered a twitter lunch special to get people in the restaurant and out of the snow. "I think bacon makes everything taste better. And it makes your day better so I thought it would be fun to do something with bacon." His plan worked, there were more customers than expected on this blizzard like day.
Many businesses are closing as the evening goes on. If you do plan to go shop or go out to eat, call ahead to make sure they are open.