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Business Is Booming for Some Norwalk Merchants

Brittany and Andie King were among the lucky few Tuesday – they walked out of Carlyn Paint and Hardware with a roof rake . The women declined when their mother asked them whether they would remove the 12 inches of snow and 6 inches of ice on the roof of the family's home on the New Canaan border.

Roof rakes were a hot commodity at the store, which has been in business for 18 years. "The weather has been affecting business tremendously," said Kevin McCormick, a member of the family that owns Carlyn Paint and the store manager. "It's been quite chaotic here."

The store was out of shovels, but he expected more Wednesday. All of the roof rakes sitting near the registers were on hold. "We're expecting 140 by Friday, but it depends on the weather with these trucks," Debra Hayden said to a disappointed customer.

Hayden has been taking down names for a roof rake waiting list. A total of 300 people are on the list, but she said many may not answer their phones or may have bought one elsewhere. She had been calling people all day: There were 70 roof rakes available and she had called 100 people. McCormick said wood and road salt are in high demand, too.

Across town, the weather is affecting business at Sports Authority . It was slow Tuesday, but there was an upside.

"We're selling more snowshoes than usual," said Marilyn Jimenez, co-manager. "I have no snow pants." They had sold out sooner than usual.

"We have no kid's gloves," said Vanessa Grant, a clerk. "We're really, really light in ski jackets. There are no snow boots left."

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