FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - Sandra Rokette unfurls her American flag Tuesday as she would on any other day.
The government may be shut down but she's open for business.
Her store that sells flags and other military memorabilia used to be at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, so she saw firsthand the the effects of the furloughs earlier this summer.
The building her store was in had to keep the lights and air conditioning off to save money.
"It does have an impact on you mentally and physically," Rokette says.
Now she's moved her business to Fairborn just in time for the second round of furloughs brought on by the government shutdown.
Businesses there are still recovering from the first round.
"With the business owners I talked to it had a significant negative impact on their businesses," Rokette says..
Already restaurants like Tickets that depend on base workers are once again feeling the effect of the furloughs.
We showed up there at lunch time Tuesday to find more empty tables than usual.
The story was the same at Foy's Grill and things will likely only get worse the longer the shutdown goes on.
"I know they're going to be eating at home instead of eating out for lunch," Foy says. "That concerns me a little bit."
But in this town that depends on the base, they're not ready to wave the white flag just yet.
"It'll be solved this week I'm pretty sure," Foy says.
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