Dunwoody Residents Look to Cure Cabin Fever
People head out as roads get better, stores reopen
Not everything has thawed yet; there is still plenty of ice on the streets and sidewalks.
But after being stuck inside since Sunday night, many Dunwoody area residents weren’t ready to sit inside for another day.
Most of the major stores were back open, with more staffing than they had Monday and Tuesday – though many supplies were still lacking.
At Target the bread shelves were empty, they had been for three days employees said, because no delivery trucks could get to the store.
Jason Breeland, of Buckhead and Brandon Stewart of Dunwoody picked through the few items on the bread shelf to see if they could find something.
“It’s slim pickings,” said Breeland.
Stewart flew back from Arizona Tuesday night, where the Auburn fan had watched the BCS National Championship. He came back to find an iced-over city with little open.
“I wish they’d canceled [his flight back],” he said.
They were among several people who headed to retailers Wednesday, in search of food or just for something to do.
“We’re trying to get some staples and also get out of the house,” said Ben Reppe, who was shopping with his wife and two sons, ages 6 and 3. “We haven’t been out since Sunday.”
The family spent the last two and a half days reading, going online and playing in the snow.
For Belay Wondermneh, a delivery driver for Coca-Cola, Wednesday was a very busy day.
Wondermneh works for a vendor, delivering soda and stocking shelves in area stores such as Target and Wal-Mart.
“The stores aren’t that busy, but I am,” he said. “This whole aisle is empty, and I have to fill it.”
He spent the day stocking shelves, which had been emptied in pre-storm shopping sprees.
However, he said, the roads had cleared up well so the driving wasn’t all that bad.
Up the road in the Dunwoody Village area, the Dunwoody Tavern opened back up after two days being closed.
“I don’t think people expected this storm,” said J.R. Fitzpatrick, manager at the bar.
Several of the bar’s employees live outside the area and couldn’t get in easily, he said. Also, the streets around the bar weren’t the first streets tended to by the city.
“It’s unfortunate we had to be closed for a few days, but we had to think of safety first,” he said.
The closed businesses and tough roads kept many inside.
“It was a lot of sitting around the house, working on personal projects,” said Davin Gerber, a graphic designer from Sandy Springs, who went grocery shopping at Wal-Mart Wednesday afternoon.
“A lot of things are gone,” he said. “There’s only skim and whole milk left.”
Originally from Illinois, he said he was surprised how a few inches of snow shut down the city for so long.
Vikram Singh, who was picking up some items at Wal-Mart, just moved to Dunwoody from Ohio, so the roads didn’t seem to bad to him.
“Obviously it’s a shock for people here,” he said. “Everything is a bit iced over,”
John Kimm, manager at the Wasabi House, said Wednesday was the first day the restaurant was open this week.
“We had to close down because of the ice,” he said. “It was a killer to have to shut down for two days.”
Employees had to go pick up food and supplies that would have usually been delivered.
“It should be better tomorrow,” he said. “I’ll be glad to see things get back to normal.”