Love finds a way to keep some Delaware buinesses open despite heavy snowfall

 (Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

The heavy snow-mix may have shut down parts of Delaware due to the Limited State of Emergency, but some Wilmington businesses are determined not to let the storm have the last say especially with one of the busiest holidays around the corner.


While emergency operations such as Wilmington Fire and Police Departments as well as Delmarva Power work despite the inclement weather, so are the workers at Bloomsberry Flowers on Main Street.

“Believe it or not we have had people come in, we cleared the space right in front of our store for people to park in front of our store and we’re working on tomorrow’s orders,” said Carlos Valles who’s pleased that all of his employees showed up to work.

Although this is the second time workers at the flower shop have experienced such weather conditions around Valentine’s Day, Valles says he couldn’t afford to close since he’s also prepping for a wedding on Friday.

“We’re hoping that Mother Nature lets us deliver tomorrow,” said Valles who already informed his Valentine’s Day customers that delivers could be made on Saturday.

Just a quick glance of the downtown area, it’s easy to assume business is dead for local eateries as well.

“For lunch all of our business is directly dependent on the business around us so when they’re not open, there’s really no business for us,” said Amanda Paladinetti of La Fia Market Bistro.

However, just because motorists are advised to adhere to the “Level 1” driving warning issued by the state, it doesn’t mean pedestrians can’t get out which is good news to La Fia Market Bistro after taking some evening reservations.

“A lot of people who live around here that can walk here, those are the people who are interested in coming here tonight,” said Paladinetti who’s now prepping for customers looking to have dinner before the Valanetine’s Day rush.

A total of ten inches of snow fell in Wilmington overnight; now freezing rain could pose even more challenges to businesses by Friday morning.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal