By By Colin Campbell and Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun
Jan 21, 2014 | 9:30 PM
As snow fell Tuesday afternoon outside Atwater's bakery in Catonsville, manager Lisa Harden hurried to pour the last cups of coffee and wrap up customers' food in to-go containers.
The bakery had been busy, she said, but like many neighboring restaurants and shops along Frederick Road, it was closing early so employees could get home safely on the treacherous roads.
But in Canton, bar owner Michael Clarke was expecting steady business at Claddagh Pub — from those who didn't have to work, or were expecting another snow day on Wednesday.
"This crowd, it'll build all day," he said as customers dined on wings and drinks. "Snow days are good days in Canton."
The impact on businesses of the largest snowstorm to hit the Baltimore area so far this winter was mixed. Although many never opened or closed early, others saw the snow as a boon. Some shops offered discounts and specials to entice customers to come in from the cold.
That certainly was true along the main stretch of Frederick Road in Catonsville, which resembled a snowy Norman Rockwell scene. Several businesses, including SugarBakers Cakes, Catonsville Gourmet, Taneytown Deli, Hilton Flower Shop and Deusenberg's restaurant, were closed all day.
Bill's Music House canceled all lessons and planned to close three hours early, employee Tracey Kernsaid. About half a dozen people sat inside Jennings Cafe around 2:30 p.m. A bartender, anticipating a slow night, expected to close the restaurant in the early evening.
But the Objects Found antique store stayed open, and held a special sale to mark the big snow.
"We're almost always open," owner Reggie Sajauskas said proudly. "Every day but Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter."
When the roads look slippery, Sajauskas said, she walks to work. She lives less than a mile down Frederick Road.
She offered a 20 percent "snow day" discount on the shop's Facebook page with hopes of drawing in customers. Business had been slow, though, so employees spent the day restocking inventory and rearranging the cluttered store's shelves.
Cacao Lane Restaurant was one of the only businesses open in Old Ellicott City, where few cars and pedestrians moved along picturesque but unplowed streets.
Dan Murphy stood idly behind the nearly empty bar, where he and a few employees had just returned after shoveling the sidewalk out front.
"We'll be open till last call," he said. "The snow makes for a locals night, because they can't go anywhere."
On O'Donnell Street in Canton, a bank branch and a chiropractor's office closed in the afternoon.