The cash register was busier than usual on Thursday at Queensgate Beer Barn.
"They're stocking up before the storm," Night Manager Vicki Hess said of the customers.
Though sales may have been slower on Sunday and Tuesday when a combined 12 inches of snow fell on York County, she said the winter weather didn't dampen a good week for the business at 2057 Springwood Road in York Township.
"It's not really a loss. People just come in a day ahead of the weekend like they do with going to a grocery store before the snow," Hess said.
Snow is still on the ground from two storm systems that moved through the region earlier this week, and the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Friday and Saturday in York and other counties.
A few inches of snow may accumulate until it mixes with sleet and freezing rain on Saturday, according to meteorologist Craig Evanego.
"A few inches are possible, but it's a little early to put amounts out there," he said Thursday evening.
The weather can make customer patterns very unpredictable, said Jeremiah Anderson, general manager of the White Rose Bar & Grill at 48 N. Beaver St. in York City.
"Some people might stay home, and others decide to go out if (the roads are passable)," he said.
Weekends are typically busier than weekdays for White Rose, but the Sunday snow didn't really affect business this week, Anderson said.
And he's not worried about the impact of a Saturday storm.
"Everything always balances out. There are so many good places for everyone downtown, like the Holy Hound, Left Bank and all the Beaver Street shops. The quality of those different places helps draw more people downtown even when it snows," Anderson said.
On Sunday, not one sale was processed at Uncommon Threads, a knitting store at 2025 Springwood Road in Queensgate Towne Center in York Township.
But owner Lisa Dexheimer said customers have made up for it through the week.
"We've had a really good week and a busy Thursday," she said. "We've had a lot of people say they're going to stay in and knit all weekend."
The snow days at the beginning of the week were also a boost to the shop.
"We have a lot of teachers who come in and use that time off to knit," Dexheimer said.
While niche shops may have been unfazed -- or even boosted -- by the snow, analysts said it changed consumer trends at large retailers.
"The recent storms provided an opportunity to drive demand for seasonal apparel such as winter boots, jackets, gloves, hats, and thermals. While need-based purchasing was on the rise, overall foot traffic into shopping centers was challenged," said Scott Bernhardt, president of Philadelphia-based Planalytics, a business-weather intelligence firm.
Many large retailers, such as Kohl's and Target, declined comment, citing quarterly news releases as the only time they discuss sales.
Analysts said the winter weather drove online sales but lessened foot traffic at brick-and-mortar stores.
"The storms are having more of an impact because they're happening on the weekends when most people shop," said Joe DeRugeriis, senior marketing manager for Planalytics.
But the snow isn't stopping people from buying, he said.
"They're pushing their shopping online or during the week," Rugeriis said. "Even though it's impeding foot traffic, it's really supporting cold-weather apparel and seasonal items that weren't being purchased last year because it was so unseasonably warm."
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