"I can do without power at home, but I can't do without it here."
A number of the small business owners on Bridge Road were disgruntled with the misfortune that left them without power so often in 2012. Scott Petit, co-owner of Petit Jewelry Designs, bought a small power generator Wednesday - largely out of frustration, he said.
"I couldn't sit at the house and watch 50 episodes of Glee again," he said. "We're limited, but now we're at least being productive."
Another extended power outage this year, especially around Christmas, could put him out of business, Petit said. The small generator he purchased couldn't power the whole store, but it was enough to get his workspace up and running.
Charles Young wasn't so fortunate. To do anything significant at his business, Peter Pan Cleaners, would require enough power to operate the dry-cleaning system in the basement - impossible to do with a generator without spending an outlandish sum.
Instead, Young spent much of his day sitting at the store in his overcoat, waiting for the power to return. He couldn't work without - he couldn't even get to his machines because the basement door is powered by electricity - but he wanted to stay there so he could start working again as soon as possible to make up for lost time.
"It's been disastrous so far," he said. "And you don't know it came back unless you're here for it."
Power was finally restored on Bridge Road around 1 p.m. Thursday. Most of the small businesses there plan to reopen today.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.