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Snowfall keeps some Capital Region shoppers home

A driver gets inventive with a parking spot at Colonie Center Mall on Sunday, December 15, 2013. The parking lots were crowded with shoppers despite the overnight snowfall.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A driver gets inventive with a parking spot at Colonie Center Mall on Sunday, December 15, 2013. The parking lots were crowded with shoppers despite the overnight snowfall.
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A lot of would-be Christmas shoppers stayed home Sunday, but one retail category did very well: snow removal. David Sobieski waited by the snowblowers in an orange apron Sunday afternoon. “Snowblowers are a reactive purchase,” he said. “We sell about a dozen in October. We’ll sell 30 today.” Sobieski works at the Home Depot in Amsterdam. In the wake of Saturday night’s hefty snowfall, customers crowded into a section of parked snowblowers, shovels and pallets ...

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