CrimsonCup on High Street was without power until 3 p.m. Sept. 18. Nonetheless, the coffee shop managed to serve its brews Sept. 16, 17 and 18 from a table in front of the closed store.

CrimsonCup on High Street was without power until 3 p.m. Sept. 18. Nonetheless, the coffee shop managed to serve its brews Sept. 16, 17 and 18 from a table in front of the closed store.

General Manager Steve Bayless said coffee was brewed and delivered to the store by the gallon from the company's Bexley headquarters, which did not lose power.

For those who were unable to brew their morning cups at home, CrimsonCup handed out 72 gallons of free coffee over the three days.

Beechwold Hardware also found itself without power, but owner Malcolm Moore kept doors opened, selling the people the chainsaw blades, flashlights, batteries and yard waste bags they needed by candlelight.

"It was a throwback, so to speak, but we got it done," Moore said.

Moore's store received extra shipments during the week to keep in stock the supplies neighbors needed to clean up debris from the Sept. 14 windstorm.

Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce President Ernie Hartong said CrimsonCup and Beechwold Hardware were in the same position most Clintonville businesses found themselves in after the windstorm. Most were without power for the majority of the week, including the chamber, which had to close for four days until power was restored Sept. 19.

Some, like Beechwold Hardware and CrimsonCup, did what they could to serve customers. Other businesses worked from cell phones or from computers at Whetstone Library, Hartong said.

"It's one of those things people just kind of work through," Hartong said. "It was not a fun time, but it was one of those things that was what it was."

Smith's Restaurant had its power restored by the time it opened Sept. 15, as its power comes from the city of Columbus.

Owner Jack Smith said with the other neighborhood restaurants out of power, customers flocked in, prompting him to call in extra help and prepare extra food to deal with the demand.

"It was quite a week. It was the busiest week I've ever had," Smith said. "It just never slowed down."

Weiland's Gourmet Market also had power for the majority of the week, but Tim Teegardin, one of the market's partners, said business was slow, as most customers didn't have power.

"When we had ice, they wanted to be here, and when we didn't have ice, they didn't want to be here," Teegardin said of shoppers.

Most businesses said they will bounce back from the disruption of the nearly weeklong blackout.

Bayless said CrimsonCup lost about $500 worth of milk, creamer and whipped cream. While that would be a big hit to the small coffee shop, Bayless said the Clintonville location won't feel too much a pinch from the loss since it's owned by the larger coffee and tea supplier.

"If this had been just a single coffeehouse, it would have been pretty hard to get back on our feet," Bayless said. "Five-hundred dollars in diary is a lot for a small business."

Since power returned and the shop has reopened, Bayless said there has been an increase in business, with those thankful for the free coffee last week returning to patronize the store.

"We've seen a great return on that," Bayless said. "A lot of people have returned the favor with their loyalty. We had a great weekend."

Despite the slow down in business last week, Teegardin said Weiland's saw a surge in business earlier this week as people's power returned.

"They're filling their refrigerators again," Teegardin said. "Now our store looks empty until we get inventory."

Moore said some of the shelves in his hardware store are similarly bare, but he expects an extra shipment this week to replenish supplies. People still were in buying supplies over the weekend, but Moore said he expects business to return to normal now.

"I think the major push is over," he said.