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Louisville businesses struggle -- and thrive -- under winter weather

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The snow and ice has frozen out business for some local companies, while at the same time, lighting a fire under some others.

The careful candy crafters at Muth's in NuLu are pushing to Friday like never before. Friday, of course, is Valentine's Day. 

"I need the weather to stop -- it needs to stop snowing and the ice," said Sarah Voriez of Muth's Candies. "Candy is very temperamental with weather. "

The week of Valentine's Day is the week to bounce back from a winter that seems unending.

"We've had to close a few times, especially with the snow canceling things," Voriez said. "We try to follow the JCPS schedule as much as we can. We have workers who live in different parts of the county, and we've been really short staffed different weeks, and the weather has caused people to get sick."

The family-owned business called in all hands opened on days it would normally be closed, and hopes for a bit of a break from the deep chill.

"The weather has made for some early mornings here because this room has to be a perfect 68 degrees before the candy dippers can begin dipping chocolate," Voriez said. "We hand dip all of our chocolate on marble slabs, and so if the marble slab is freezing cold, the chocolate instantaneously freezes the moment you pull it out."

So the dippers come in between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. to try and even the temperature.

That's the same times bells start sounding for the staff at All About Kids.

"Right now, we have about 25 kids that are here with us today," said Brittany Williams, a representative of the day care. "And it was a very last-minute thing because we all got the text at 5:00 this morning that JCPS was closed. So we start calling staff and bringing people in."

Today, there are 25 children in day camp, about two dozen more with their parents, and a line four deep at the front door.

"It has been non-stop," Williams said.

Williams says every snow day is like a $1,000 bonus for the children's gym -- and JCPS is on its eighth one.

But it looks like Louisville's ready for the weather to calm.

"I want customers to be able to come in and get what they want, and if they can't make it here, they're not going to be able to get what they want," Voriez said. "And we can't get in here to get them what they want, so I am ready for spring."

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