South MS businesses face decision to stay open or close up shop - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

South MS businesses face decision to stay open or close up shop

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

With the snow, ice and freezing rain expected to close roads and bridges, South Mississippi businesses were faced with a big decision Tuesday of whether to stay open or close up shop.

At Tato Nut, the baking starts at 2:30 a.m. By 5 a.m., hungry customers are lining up. That was still the case on Tuesday despite the winter weather.

"We were thinking that we would probably make it through most of our busy part of the day," said Tato Nut owner David Moehler.

"Then sell as many donuts as possible. Then close before it got really bad."

While the donut shop was busy with customers, most of downtown Ocean Springs was quiet. Downtown sits at the end of two bridges, the Biloxi Bay Bridge and the Fort Bayou Bridge. Both of the bridges have recently had icing issues severe enough to warrant closings. That's why business owners say many shops here either closed early on Tuesday or didn't open at all.

"I don't know what everybody else is thinking. I guess their people wouldn't be out shopping necessarily, but they might want a coffee, a hot coffee and a donut."

For businesses like Government Street Grocery, the decision on whether to open was based on staffing.

"We're making sure that the weather is going to be stable enough for our employees to make it here," said restaurant manager Rachel Evans.

"Most everybody here did not have to cross any bridges to get here. So it was why not be open. It's a community service. We like to serve the community."

Some businesses weren't surprised to see people out and about.

"I assumed most people would be out for school, and other businesses would be closed, that they'll want to do something besides sit inside all day," said Evans.

"So why not be open? It's fun."

Some business employees said while they weren't serving customers on Tuesday, they were still hard at work. They were using this down time to do maintenance and repairs.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>
  • 1 killed, 6 shot at Antioch church

    1 killed, 6 shot at Antioch church

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-09-24 17:14:40 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-09-24 23:00:54 GMT

    Metro Police have identified the shooter at an Antioch church who killed one person in the parking lot and wounded six others inside the building's sanctuary.

    More >>

    Metro Police have identified the shooter at an Antioch church who killed one person in the parking lot and wounded six others inside the building's sanctuary.

    More >>
  • Auburn student's post, selfies with rape suspect go viral

    Auburn student's post, selfies with rape suspect go viral

    Saturday, September 23 2017 10:47 AM EDT2017-09-23 14:47:04 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As shocking new details emerged this week in the rape of an Auburn University student on a bus, many immediately recognized one of the suspects named in the case.

    More >>

    As shocking new details emerged this week in the rape of an Auburn University student on a bus, many immediately recognized one of the suspects named in the case.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly