Some local stores had to close their doors due to power outages during the ice storm; for others, business was booming.
Rock and Rogers and IGA Express struggled to keep supplies of kerosene for those operating portable heaters. Long lines formed at the pumps as word leaked out about new shipments.
Smith’s Hardware had a constant influx of customers asking for kerosene heaters and portable generators, said owner Steve Smith.
“At times, I had to lay the phone off the hook,” Smith said. “If I took one call (Thursday), I took 80.”