But for other mom-and-pops not in the snowplowing business, the recent stretch of winter has dragged down sales and productivity.
On Sunday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called a statewide snow emergency, as schools were shut down for Monday and Tuesday. Baker urged business owners to close down and for non-essential employees to stay home from work.
Anthony Mirogiann is the owner of Village Cafe in Newton, Massachusetts. On a typical Sunday, he'll have a line out the door for breakfast. This past weekend, though, only a handful of customers trickled into the restaurant in the morning as the storm approached.
Mirogiann said he does what he can to stay open for business. "Unless there's a state of emergency, I will open up," he said. "It's frustrating. I will typically do about 20 percent to 30 percent of the week's business on a Sunday. "
During the last blizzard a week ago, Mirogiann remained open in the morning and only made about 10 percent of what the café would typically earn on a normal day.
"You deal with it, or try to deal with it," said the small business owner. "I have myself up to date with payments, and I try to have a bit saved in reserves in case something happens."
A 2014 study from IHS Global Insight found that a major storm with "impassable" roads could have a significant economic impact with just a one-day shutdown. The research showed a single day's shutdown in New York costs about $700.17 million, while Massachusetts loses about $265.12 million.
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And while storms can lower sales, other Boston area businesses have been hurt by a weather-related drop in productivity.
Larry Nannis is CPA at Katz Nannis + Solomon, an accounting firm in Waltham, Massachusetts. He says the storm shutdowns have essentially slowed down the tax-filing process. For the bulk of his clientele, which are businesses, the filing deadline is March 15.
"I can work from home, but if our clients are closed, they can't get us the information we need," Nannis said. "It's one less day we can work on a particular client. These things don't help when we are trying to make deadlines."
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