Gas Prices Puts the Brake on Local Businesses
(Afro) — Not so long ago, Northwest D.C. florist Karen Woods could plan to spend about $100 per week on gas to make whatever deliveries she needed to make in the region. But with the recent surge in gas prices, the weekly cost of gas for Woods has more than tripled to close to $350. Woods says she is reluctant to raise delivery fees and pass on the cost to her customers, particularly since the vast majority of her business is funeral work that involves grieving families already beset with the cost of funerals and burials. “I don’t think the consumer should be penalized,” said Woods, who runs Mary Woods Florist, located on the 900 block of Kennedy St., N.W. “They’re in as much of a problem as we are.” At the same time, Woods said, something has to give. “At the moment, I’m absorbing it,” Woods said of the rising cost of gas. “But I don’t think it’s exactly fair.” Woods’ predicament represents what many D.C. business owners are facing as gas prices in the District continue to hover above the $4 mark, putting the District among the four states in the U.S. where gas cost that much or more.