WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Rikki Peters, manager of Wolf Creek Gallery in downtown Lewisburg, couldn't wait for The Greenbrier Classic to roll around.
"Last year, it was so great for the area. We were really excited about this year. It's sad," she said. "We've taken a devastating blow."
The Greenbrier Classic usually means booming business for the quaint restaurants and boutiques that fill Lewisburg, which was named the "Coolest Small Town in America by a travel company in 2011.
But this year is a different story.
Peters is one of many business owners who can't operate in the area due to prolonged power outages from Friday's massive storms.
"We're ready to open the doors as soon as we have power. We may even open without power," she said.
Wolf Creek mostly offers clothing and may be able to function without power despite the heat. But the store will be accepting only cash or checks.
"It will definitely be difficult, but we'll do it," Peters said.