Local businesses and vendors work in gloomy weather ahead of Christmas – NBC Connecticut

The wind combined with the rain affected a few businesses who were hoping to see a few more customers walk through their doors before the Christmas holidays.

Dzen Tree Farm in South Windsor is working to meet customer demand, but their struggles to do so date back to the summer.

“It’s been an emotional roller coaster,” said John Dzen, owner of Dzen Tree Farm. “We had three hundred-year-old floods this summer in the middle of the growing season.”

The chaotic weather on Saturday didn’t help attract customers, according to Dzen Tree Farm.

“Thirty-four and drizzle, it was just miserable,” Dzen said. “The wind was blowing and it’s been a really hard day, all day and it’s really hurting sales.”

The low temperatures combined with the wind have made a nasty recipe for businesses looking to attract a few more customers to their doors before Christmas.

The ups and downs haven’t stopped the company from working to ensure that all of its customers have a tree while making it a memorable experience.

“For us, we are not a forest farm, we are a destination,” said Dzen. “It’s about getting out and getting families out and it has really worked for us.”

In Hartford, Winterfair has drawn those from afar to take advantage of what the city has to offer.

Winterfair encourages the community to support local businesses and vendors in and around Hartford, near Pratt and Trumbull streets.

“I think we’ve got everything you can find, art, party, any kind of live music you want, so I think there’s a bit of everything in this town,” Ashley said. Benitz, who lives in Hartford.

Benitz also told NBC Connecticut when she heard about Winterfair’s mission to encourage buyers to support local businesses she decided to drop by with her friends.

“I think now more than ever, now that we have the opportunity, people are getting vaccinated, I think everyone should get out,” Benitz said.

Local vendors like the DonnyBrook Gallery tell us they appreciate people who want to shop locally.

“I think there is taste in individual sellers and small businesses and they really need the support of the people to be able to support and keep doing what they are doing,” said LeAnna Putman, owner of DonnyBrook Gallery. “It’s so exciting to see the arts promoted and brought to downtown Hartford and really just the idea of ​​being with people and being able to connect face to face.”

Hartford Winter fair has 23 market days and encourages those who can enjoy the city’s ice skating to take a trip to Pratt Street to support local businesses and vendors. The build-up of local support will lead to the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

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