Shop owners focus on safety

Many shop owners downtown need to make sure their storefronts are cleared of snow and ice to insure the safety of themselves and customers they will have, and according to Gild the Lily owner, Glenna McCormick it is an important factor to consider during the winter months.

"I know that in order to have customers and things you do have to have the ways open and clear for them to get in," McCormick said. "Of course, I think there is a city ordinance that you have to have your sidewalks clean and keep your insurance and everything adjusted."

Mark Croy, owner of Dead Tech Games, a store that he is shooting to open on March 15 at 107 E. Auglaize, said he is not even sure what the city ordinance is.

"I have no idea what the rule even is," Croy said. "I assume I'm supposed to keep my own area cleared."

McCormick said Gild the Lily does not open until 10 a.m. and usually someone from the store comes to the storefront about a half hour early if there has been snowfall to try and clean it. However, with the snows that have we have had this year it makes it a little difficult.

"We have all women working here, and I'm getting to be an old lady pretty much," McCormick said. "We just can't handle deep snows anymore."

For the full story, see the Saturday, Feb. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.