Before Friday's storm hit, Pinehurst Wine Shoppe in the Bellona-Gittings area routinely ordered 80 pounds of ice for next-day delivery.

But by Saturday morning, many area homes and businesses were without power, including the shop.


With no way to keep the ice from melting, co-owner Bob Schindler and manager Gordon McNamara decided to dump it at curbside on Bellona, a block from the Baltimore County line, and sell it to residents in the city and in nearby Rodgers Forge for $2.49 per 10-pound bag, "the same price we sell it for in the store," Schindler said.

But Schindler and McNamara didn't stop there. They bought out the Reddy Ice truck, got the driver's cell phone number and later called him back to bring them another shipment.

Then they bought out that supply. By Saturday night, they had bought 10,000 pounds of ice, or 1,000 10-pound bags, spending $1,200. They even wrote down credit card numbers of people who didn't have cash.

But they still didn't stop there. On Monday at around 4 p.m., another 1,050 bags were due to arrive.

"If it melts, we'll give it away," Schindler said. "We're just having fun with it. What else are you going to do?"

Area hotels were among the few beneficiaries of Friday's freak storm, which left trees and utility lines down, traffic lights out and homes and businesses without electricity around north Baltimore.

"We've definitely seen an increase because of the storm," said Steve Nyitrai, general manager of the Doubletree Hotel at the Colonnade.

The Radisson Hotel at the Village of Cross Keys had 24 local residents check in between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., said director of sales Robert Breeden.

The Dunkin Donuts store on West 41st Street in Hampden was the only place around where people without electricity could get a hot cup of coffee. Lines were reported to be long all weekend.

North Charles Street looked much as it did after last year's Hurricane Irene, with a trail of felled trees, especially on the lawn of the Church of the Redeemer, in Homeland.

Some streets were divided by who had electricity. One side of Suffolk Road in Guilford did, but the other didn't. It was the same in the 800 block of West 37th Street in Hampden.

Farther north, the grocery store Eddie's of Roland Park on North Charles Street was running on generator power. Lake Walker in the York Road corridor was hard hit, with heavy tree damage and several streets closed.

And, in the middle of a heat wave, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot extended a Code Red Heat Alert through July 3 and designated emergency cooling centers citywide, including the Northern Community Action Center, 5225 York Road.

Power was still spotty on The Avenue in Hampden on Monday, according to Benn Ray, president of the Hampden Village Merchants Association and owner of Atomic Books at 36th Street and Falls Road, which lost power Saturday afternoon.


Ray was relieved that he finally had electricity back late Monday morning.

"I'm sorry a lot of people don't," he said.

Page designer Patricia Irwin contributed to this story.