Businesses make concessions to bad weather as latest storm descends

Among businesses announcing short-term closings were Tati's Mediterranean Saveur, a restaurant, and Aal Yours — Consignment and Refinishing, both in Fargo.

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Junkyard Brewing Co. in Moorhead posted this image on its Facebook page Monday evening, April 3, announcing a sale ahead of an advancing storm.
Contributed / Junkyard Brewing Co.'s Facebook page

FARGO — As the latest wintery storm descended on the Fargo-Moorhead area some businesses were using social media Tuesday afternoon, April 4, to announce curtailed hours, while at least one business had already taken the opportunity to host a storm sale.

Among businesses announcing short-term closings were Tati's Mediterranean Saveur, a restaurant, and Aal Yours —Consignment and Refinishing, both in Fargo.

Aal Yours posted this on its Facebook page: "As the snow begins to fall, I leave you with some pictures of the shop. Some neat new finds ... that brass table, metal and glass end tables and matching coffee table, Fenton and so much more.

"We will be closed until Friday 4-7. Sigh, this weather is brutal on small business. Remember to shop small, shop local folks. Stay safe," the Aal Yours posting stated.

Heather Aal, owner of the business, stated Tuesday the weather has been hard on her business this year, with sales down 65% year to date.


"My employees work just one day a week and that day happens to be Wednesday. This year, it seems we have lost more Wednesdays to weather than we have not. This affects them as well as my business," Aal added.

"All I can do is hope for a beautiful summer and that we all remember our local small businesses depend on the community to keep the doors open," Aal said.

Tati's Mediterranean Saveur let customers know via social media that it was making a number of concessions to the weather, including closing for business Tuesday and Wednesday and postponing its trivia night from Wednesday to April 12.

As the latest storm to hit the Fargo-Moorhead area descended on the region Tuesday, April 4, Tati's Mediterranean Saveur in Fargo posted this photo on its Facebook page with the caption: "The weather may have stopped us from serving you, but it won’t stop us from spamming your feed with food pics. Pies, anyone?"
Image courtesy Tati's Mediterranean Saveur Facebook page.

On Monday evening, Moorhead's Junkyard Brewing Co. alerted its customers to a storm sale that was in effect for Monday night only.

Seth Harms, a manager at Junyard Brewing, said business was brisk during the Monday night sales event and he said sales were strong Tuesday evening, as well, as people were making off-sale purchases on their way home from work.

On it's Facebook page, the brewery gave customers an update Monday night on a winter storm watch that was to be in effect through Thursday morning in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The National Weather Service later upgraded the warning to a blizzard warning that as of Tuesday afternoon was to be in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Total snow accumulations of 11 to 16 inches with locally higher snow totals were possible in portions of west central Minnesota and southeast North Dakota, according to the Weather Service, which said winds gusting to 45 mph were possible during the storm.

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