Snow King Jonathan Jordan and Snow Queen Maki Onuki are part of the Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” a jumping off point for profits for the company and local businesses. (Katherine Frey/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Our colleague Thomas Heath looked at “The Nutcracker” in his column “Value Added: The economics behind “The Nutcracker” are no fairy tale.”

The spin-off effects on the businesses near the Warner Theater where the Washington Ballet’s perennial production is playing might be surprising to some. Add in the cost of all those velvet dresses and patent leather shoes the younger members of the audience love to wear to their annual “Nutcracker” pilgrimage.