In downtown Hagerstown, the calm after the storm

October 30, 2012|By KAUSTUV BASU |

HAGERSTOWN — Closed storefronts and empty parking spaces were common sights in downtown Hagerstown late Tuesday morning, as the lingering effects of the storm that once was Hurricane Sandy moved through the area.

With many offices in the area closed, popular lunch spots such as the Brickyard Grill on West Washington Street and The Plum, a restaurant on Rochester Place, also were closed at 11 a.m.

A light but steady rain and temperatures that hovered in the low 40s did not help.

The Columbia Bank on West Washington Street and the post office on West Franklin Street were open.

Stephen Hummel, a senior vice president at the bank, said that during bad weather, businesses that are open have a “need for change ...  Retail stores that are open bring in their deposits.”

“Some of our consumers have the day off. They might decide to come in,” Hummel said.

The bank closed at 3 p.m. Monday because of inclement weather but Hummel said that he did not expect a similar situation today.

The Franklin Street post office was busy.

Rachel Garner, who lives near downtown, said she was at the post office to return a pair of boots she bought from a catalogue. “It ain’t that bad,” she said about the weather.

One eatery that was open downtown was Bulls & Bears on South Potomac Street.

“We were open Monday till 3 p.m. but business was slow,” said Josh Funk, general manager at the restaurant. Funk said he expected more people to be at his restaurant Tuesday.

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