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Mother Nature forces Indy business to close

Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 06:34:00-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The mild winter is good for many of us, but not for those who rely on the cold weather.

One Indianapolis woman said the winters are a losing battle. 

Too little snow the past couple winters forced Marcia Stolz to close down after nearly 30 years in business.

She ran "Skier's Edge," which sold summer and winter sports equipment for 27 years.

In September, the problems became too much, and Stolz closed her doors. She's now stuck at home with boxes of skis, helmets and boots that she's practically giving away online.

"Last night we were playing bridge in the neighborhood and we left and we all walked out without coats on," she said. "We all walked out and said 'This feels like April. Isn't this amazing? Isn't this beautiful?' And I'm thinking, 'Beautiful for you.'"

Stolz hopes central Indiana sees more snow with the hope of drumming up enthusiasm and demand for winter sports equipment. If she can't sell the remaining inventory online, she'll donate it to help kids play outdoors.

The last time Indianapolis saw an above average amount of snow was the 2013-14 winter, when we received 52.2 inches of snow.

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In the three winters since then, we've had 17, 10.8 and 6.6 inches of snow.