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Many Chappaqua Stores Report No Losses from Storm

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – While many businesses around Westchester were faced with the worst-case-scenario of closing following Saturday’s snowstorm, storefronts lucky enough to avoid power outages reaped the rewards.

“It was bad because of what happened, but we did have a good weekend,” said Wilson Morocho, manager of Chappaqua Paint and Hardware, which he said had more customers than usual.

Many Chappaqua residents without power made their way to the hardware store and picked up batteries, flashlights, lanterns, heaters and other essentials to light and heat up their homes.

“We were happy to help the people,” said Morocho. Chappaqua Paint and Hardware sold similar supplies before and after Tropical Storm Irene hit New York in August.

Desires by Mikolay also reported no losses during the storm. While the jewelry store lost power, it was restored by the time it opened for regular business hours on Tuesday.

“We closed early on Saturday and we got power back on Monday, so we were good,” said owner Scott Mikolay. “It wasn’t that bad.”

Luckiest of all was perhaps Lange’s Little Store on King Street, which never lost power, preserving all of the deli’s meat, drinks and other food items.

Storefronts along South Greeley Avenue and King Street remained mostly unaffected by the snowfall, however, there were some exceptions. Like thousands of New Castle residents, Starbucks also lost power and was forced to close down for two days as a result.

Along with missing out on an expected rush of customers looking for Wi-Fi and outlets, the coffee shop employees said it also had to get new milk, cream and other items that spoiled without power.

Starbucks re-opened on Tuesday, welcoming the remaining 1,654 New Castle residents who were still reported to be without power, according to Con Edison’s website.

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