SmokeStack maintains customer base, good sales

SmokeStack Owner Phil Portera helps a customer through the drive-through window installed at the business last summer. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shop has done at least 90% of business via drive-through. (Photo by Charlie Benton, DTL)
Charlie Benton
Daily Times Leader

When SmokeStack Owner Phil Portera installed a drive-through window at his business last summer, he did not realize how important of a decision he had made.

Now with the COVID-19 pandemic still a threat, the shop has been doing at least 90% of its business through the window, although customers can still come inside the shop in limited numbers.

Portera said the SmokeStack had not seen much change in its business from pre-pandemic times, with citizens of Clay County and beyond going through the window for their beer and tobacco needs.

“Business has remained pretty strong, by just operating window-only, some of the impulse items are not selling as well since people don't really come in and look around,” Portera said.

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