Boston’s massive snowfall brings in business

Kai Ryssdal Feb 11, 2015
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Boston’s massive snowfall brings in business

Kai Ryssdal Feb 11, 2015
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Boston is getting pummeled by snow. More than 78 inches have fallen on the city this winter, making it one of the snowiest winters in the city’s history.

But it’s not over yet. The city is bracing for more snowfall Thursday night.

The winter weather has turned out to be a blessing for entrepreneurs in the snow-clearing business.

Frank Ippolito, who owns Ippolito Snow Services in Boston, offers “flake-to-flake” services for some lucky customers.

“The first flake falls, we have a team there, in front of a retail store or a high-end residence where we’re there for the entire storm,” he says. “Just pushing snow to the curb, and keeping them clean for the whole time so it doesn’t build up.”

Ippolito says his company is fielding up to 70 calls a day. But it’ll cost to hire him. Ippolito charges around $4,000 to clear a small parking lot.

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