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Ready to make chili? Snow sends shoppers out for supplies

Are we going to mock you for buying bread and milk?

We are not. We are going to praise you for buying the stuff to make chili.

“It’s amazing,” butcher Vic Giroux, owner of the Ballantyne meat shop What’s Your Beef, said Tuesday afternoon. “Our ground meat and our steaks are your supermarket’s milk and deli meat. They’re buying ground meat, sausages, bacon, breakfast sausages. Ground turkey, ground beef.”

In other words: With snow approaching, people want to stock up on the makings for hearty meals, especially good breakfasts if the kids are home from school in the morning.

And for those who aren’t home with the kids – or maybe for those who are – Southern Spirits, the liquor store in Fort Mill, S.C., was doing a heavier than usual business Tuesday, too.

Owner Don Podrebarac said part of that was filling orders from businesses that sell alcohol. Businesses that normally pick up orders on Wednesday and even Thursday were scurrying in early, because no one could be sure what the road conditions would be after Tuesday.

Regular folks are buying, too, though. Podrebarac tracks his business year over year, so he could already tell it would be up over Jan. 29, the same Tuesday last year. By the end of the day and the typical late-afternoon surge from customers on their way home, he expected sales to be up 30 percent.

“It’s funny. There’s no logic to it, but when it gets cold, brown liquor sells more,” he said. “There’s an old wive’s tale that if you want to stay warm, take a drink of liquor. It’s the opposite actually.”

Still, people will stock up to make hot drinks, particularly spiced rum and Irish coffee.

“Even the numbers for sake are up,” he said. “At least for the ones you serve warm.”

While not everyone rushes out to buy bread, those who make bread have their own shopping to do. Sladjana Novakovich, the owner of Nova Bakery on Central Avenue, said she picked up extra supplies and got ready Monday because of uncertain road conditions.

“Precaution is precaution,” she said. “You can’t let some customers down.”

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