Christopher photographed the scene in the water aisle at the Waltham Shaw's on Saturday night.
At the Dedham Star, a manager went on the PA: "Attention shoppers, get all your power-outage needs at the front of the store." At the front of the store was a table with votive candles, cans of propane, empty gasoline containers, batteries. pink umbrellas, "12-inch Mini-Quick disposable grills," and those fire-starter wand gun things.
The clerk at Blanchards in West Roxbury assured customers that they'd be open during the storm.