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Cold Temperatures Affecting Downtown Holiday Shopping

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Bozeman businesses said sales are coming in a bit slower this holiday season.

Christmas shoppers had six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Downtown business owners said the sub-zero temperatures last week are having a bigger impact on their sales than the shorter shopping season.

"The cold snap really, definitely had a difference in really making our business a little slower this last week," Ariana Paliobagis, Country Bookshelf owner.

"When we had 22 below zero in downtown Bozeman it was frigid," said Don Baide, The Gem Gallery owner. "Even for Christmas Stroll we had a handful of people in the street, the store was the quietest we've ever seen it. Normally we're packed wall to wall."

Now that temperatures are improving Paliobagis said she's hopeful those customers who would've shopped during the Christmas Stroll will still come out and shop.

"What I'm thinking is instead of losing business, business was delayed," said Paliobagis. "So I think people rather than going out of their homes on those really cold days said I will just get what I need closer to the holiday."

Down the street at the Gem Gallery, business was normal last week, it just looked a little different.

And because of that, Baide said he thinks it will be a great Christmas.

"Our website has been really strong," said Baide.  "That doesn't seem to change. I think we are going to have as good of a Christmas, if not better than we did last year."

Both store owners expect business to pick up in the next couple of weeks.

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