Northeast winter storm whammy: Locals load up on essentials, etc.


As winter storm Hercules pummels the Midwest and Northeast, I’m reminded of my childhood, walking to school in 12 feet of snow, uphill both ways.

As a born and bred New Englander, I can vouch for the winter toughness of East Coasters. They’re now bundling up in their heaviest winter gear and trekking into the snow.

Many of those who dare face frigid weather are making their way to neighborhood grocery stores to stockpile -- what else? -- milk and bread.


“We’ve sold about one year’s worth of firewood already,” Allen Saletsky, owner of the Five Seventy Market in Boston’s South End, told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday morning.

Saletsky added his market had a record day of sales Wednesday as people prepared for the storm. Just what else are customers buying?

According to Saletsky, the store is almost cleaned out of baking supplies, fresh orange juice, maple syrup and prepared meals.

“People are preparing to stay home tomorrow,” Saletsky said. He added that cheese and wine were also two of his best sellers Wednesday. “You can’t have a good blizzard without wine.”

We asked folks on social media what they were stocking up on for the storm. It appears they are in agreement with Saletsky: It’s all about the booze. See a few of the responses below and tweet us your winter storm must-haves @LATimes.