Why Circuit City Failed, and Why B&H Thrives: Spolsky gushes over an electronics store called B&H, and mentions this interesting tidbit:
[…] the most amazing thing is that because the owners of B&H are Orthodox Jews — Hasidim, in fact — the store closes every Friday afternoon for the Jewish Sabbath, and on Jewish holidays. Moreover, B&H’s website, which reportedly accounts for 70 percent of sales, shuts down, too. Bhphotovideo.com is, to my knowledge, the only major online retailer that closes for 25 hours every weekend.
Their Web site closed in observation of their religious beliefs. That’s fascinating. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered that before.