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Snow Equals Boon And Bust For Delmarva Businesses

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SALISBURY, Md. - At Market Street Inn they're getting ready for what's usually one of their busiest days of the year.
     
"St. Patrick's day has been a really big day for us," says Rob Mulford, owner of Market Street Inn, but with about six inches of snow in Salisbury he's so confident about this time around.

"You have to purchase the alcohol ahead of time, you have to purchase corn beef, and cabbage, and potatoes all has to be cooked ahead of time," says Mulford, "just don't know what's going to happen today."

And it's not just this day.  Whether it's been too dangerous or just too cold, the restaurant has lost at least one day of revenue each week since January.

"Just get through this winter and get to the spring," says Mulford.

But the winter hasn't been a bust for every business.

The sound of plow trucks, clearing slush and ice has been drowned out by the cha ching of big business for landscapers like Classic Lawn Care.

Christopher Murphy, owner of the business says they're "probably making 10-15 times what we normally would for a wintertime."

Chris Murphy has had about 20 guys out clearing sidewalks and parking lots since midnight, four times the staff he'd usually have.

"It's been very very busy," says Murphy.
 
This is their last plow job of the day, but there's still work to do.

"Probably for the next two to three mornings we'll have to go out and reapply salt to all of our parking lots and sidewalks because they're going to refreeze," says Murphy.

Back at Market Street Inn, Rob Mulford is hoping for the luck of the Irish to bring in at least some business.

Despite the prep, he knows one thing you can't control, is the weather, "do all you can...smile...and drink some Guinness."

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