Sun Shines On Blair Business

It's been nearly two months since severe storms ravaged through the area.

Thursday, the town of Blair wanted everyone to know it's still in business.

"Jim and Connie's Blair Bakery," like most businesses in the town, suffered from a broken window in the hailstorm back in June.

They're still waiting for a window replacement, but customers are staying loyal. “It's just a nice place to meet your friends, and have coffee, and Connie and Jim are wonderful," says Colleeta Petersen, one Blaire resident.

Still, most other businesses in town aren't as lucky. Many of them want people to know that just because their windows are boarded up and they're making repairs, it doesn't mean they're closed.

Blair's answer was to offer "Sun Shines After the Storm" sale on Thursday.

Businesses put out signs and offered sales to let people know they're still open.

Annie Tighe, owner of the gift shop, "Tighe It With A Bow," says it's been a struggle getting customers through her door. She believes many of those customers are dealing with their own storm damage, and haven't had the money to spend on luxuries. “Just the recovery time, you know, while people file claims, and wait for money to come from their insurance agents, and you know, what have you, that's just a long process," Tighe says.

Still, residents like Carol Frahm have been visiting different shops, showing their support. “If we don't support them, they won't last, so it's important to shop in your hometown," says Frahm.

The Blair Chamber of Commerce says some businesses did have to close for a short time after the storm. However now, there is only one business left waiting to open back up.

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