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• We can never get back the business we lost, as we had to cancel our highly anticipated Valentines Day Panic Party (rescheduled as a Trunk Show Bazaar on March 6th), said Jen Hankin, director of communication for Joint Venture Jewelry and Peachy Keen Boutique in Cary.
• We offer a Valentines Day takeout menu, ready to pick up, heat and eat, roses and Matthews House Champagne, said Sheila H Ogle, owner of The Matthews House, Basil and Thyme Catering and Patisserie Take Away Bakery in Cary. Weather and road conditions delayed our chef, staff and food supplies until late Friday. We had to cancel all of our orders a big financial loss and disappointment to husbands.
• While the shop was closed for a day, we had time to catch up on a few projects, said Logan King, owner of Raleigh Screen Print, a shop that offers printing on T-shirts and other items. I probably passed out five or six business cards while pushing cars up the hill on McDowell Street.
• Several events were postponed or rescheduled, said Contonna J. Peterson, CFO and COO of Bartending Unlimited, a professional mobile bartending service company based in Durham. Administratively, (the weather) allowed for some housekeeping such as email follow-ups, social media postings, website maintenance and thank-you-card writing accompanied by lots of red wine consumption.
• Snowmageddon 14 forced Motley Clue to reschedule three separate team events, said Dennis Putnam, owner of Motley Clue Adventures, a Holly Springs company that specializes in corporate team-building experiences. And while unfortunate, it reinforced the importance of a nimble, lean business model with clearly written rules regarding acts of God.