Local businesses struggle to serve customers

COVINGTON, Ky. – Saturday mornings are an early morning for business owner Tim Eversole.

what you need to know

  • A winter storm hits Kentucky Thursday night into Friday
  • Many local businesses closed due to bad weather
  • Those at Covington’s Bean Haus say holiday weekends are often big for business
  • They said they were open on Saturday to make sure people had coffee and baked goods and conversation

“I usually get here at 3:30 or 4 a.m. to get our stuff ready. This morning I got here at about 1:30 a.m. just to warm up the place and get everything ready,” Eversole said.

He’s the owner of Bean Haus Bakery and Cafe, a local Covington staple with several locations. He wanted to make sure people got off to a good start on Christmas Eve morning and were as safe as possible both indoors and out.

The holiday weekend can be big for local businesses, Eversole said, with the last pre-Christmas promotions cut short this year due to the winter storm that gripped Kentucky Thursday night through Friday.

The company has seen orders being canceled and fewer customers than usual, he said.

“We’re doing about one-eighth of the normal Saturday-Sunday holiday weekend,” he said.

For Eversole, trying to stay open despite inclement weather is because of the people they serve every day.

“I think as a local business, as a community business, our customers depend on us to be here. You know that morning cup of joe is important to them. Interaction is important, social,” Eversole said.

He said he was glad some people could go out and safely go in for a cup of joe and chat with members of the community as Christmas approached.

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