Last week's irritation of the federal government's shutdown is this week's worry for businesses.

"I believe it's unethical, I believe it's illegal, it's clearly unjust, and just plain stupid," said Felecia Shelor, owner of Poor Farmer's Market in Meadows of Dan.

This is peak season for businesses along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although the road is still open many of the Parkway's facilities are closed.

"When people say they live paycheck to paycheck, I live night to night," said Melissa Turman, owner of The Woodberry Restaurant.

Nearby small businesses like the Woodberry Inn and Restaurant are feeling the blow.

"I should have my restaurant packed with people waiting to eat on Friday and Saturday nights. And last Saturday night I had approximately 20 people. My restaurant holds 90," Turman said.

"We have three rooms, out of our 16, rented for tonight," said Angela Nance, an Innkeeper who owns the Woodberry Inn with her husband.

The frustration is caused by the closing of Mabry Mill. It's the main attraction in Meadows of Dan and is closed because of the government shutdown.

The mill's restaurant and store, both privately run, sit on government property. The building, even the bathrooms were forced to close. But the parking lot and the walking trails aren't.

"Just a few things closed, a little inconvenience, but it's not going to ruin our week," said Linda McDaniel who is visiting the area from Tennessee.

It's hurting business a mile down the road, where the small downtown area of Meadows of Dan is displaying bold 'open' signs.

"October is like Black Friday for us," Shelor said.

Poor Farmer's Market has stayed open every day for the last 29 years. If the shutdown lasts longer, that could change for its neighbors.

"It's just scaring me to the bone. It just scared me because I'm starting to think what are they going to do next? If they're going to do something this crazy. We're scared, business people like me, we're afraid of our government," Shelor said.

Shelor and other business owners are passionately praying their peak season business doesn't stay away for long.