Do you have the snowstorm essentials? Milk? Bread? Beer? Wine?

If you haven’t heard, there’s a snowstorm making its way to our area. But not just any snowstorm — a 5 to 14 inch snowstorm, which really means be prepared for any amount. Nevertheless, it will result in snow, wind, extra-cold temps, and lots of it. Likely, transportation will come to a halt and grocery store shelves will be ravaged of milk, bread, and frozen pizza. Are you prepared?

Take this storm as an opportunity to hunker down inside and warm up with some super-cozy pants and some of the necessities. Here’s what you really need to add to your shopping list before you curl up at home for the next day or two.

Coffee and More Coffee

When you wake up on Saturday, it is going to be snowing, so why not grab some coffee grounds or growlers beforehand? The White Rabbit Café and Patisserie offers 32 oz. growlers that you can fill with their delicious cold brew. You can also choose one of their eleven types of coffee grounds to take home to brew yourself. For those who love music, Rabbit Hole Records, located below the White Rabbit, features artists from all decades. Sift through their wide selection to find your new favorite song.

Another great Greensburg coffee shop, DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery has an excellent variety of loose tea, in fact one of the largest selections in the area. You can buy this in a single cup, whole pot, or in bulk. Don’t forget to grab some local honey to add to one of their 42 flavors of tea! If you want even more coffee, grab some of their grounds to brew at home or some of their chocolate covered espresso beans!

Stack of Books and DVDs to Keep You From Going Crazy

If cuddling up with a blanket and a good read is more your style, the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library can provide that. Not only does the library offer contemporary, up-to-date finds, DVDs but also a surprise book basket where books are gift wrapped. Have a little one at home? The library has a large children’s section that will keep them preoccupied during the snowfall.

Snacks, lots of snacks

You might already have your Sunday dinner prepared, but what about dessert? Prantl’s Bakery has a large variety of cookies and cakes that your family will love. One of the most popular picks is their famous “Burnt Almond Torte,” filled with vanilla custard, iced in buttercream, and covered in their secret recipe almonds. If you want a little more variety, grab a dozen of their junior pastries or thumbprints to snack on. At least until the roads are clear.

During a snowstorm it’s great to just make a bunch of snacks and Netflix. Need something other than pastries? Stock up on some delicious meats and cheeses from nearby DeLallos to make a board filled with tasty bites that will last all day. Don’t forget some crusty bread, briny olives, sweet honey and spicy mustard to complete your snack!

Keep those pups from bordum

What about those fur babies? Pups are known to get a little restless if cooped up indoors too long so keep them occupied! Petagogy offers nutritional pet food that you can stock up on before it snows. Also, if your pets are the energetic type, make sure to pick up a few toys to keep them busy. Keep them occupied with a new ball or bone, and keep them from destroying your furniture. It’s a win-win.

The most important items on your list

Now that you’ve stocked up on mostly everything you need, there’s one more thing to keep in mind: booze. It’s time for a little day-drinking. Stop at The Headkeeper and Tapas Bar to pick up a mixed six-pack or two to get you through the snow. Don’t forget our local breweries, like All Saints Brewery, to fill a growler of their newest beers on tap, Saint Dora Apricot Wheat and Noah Imperial Stout. Closer to Delmont? Swing by Yellow Bridge Brewing for some of their cans, they recently released Sebastian, a double IPA, or to fill a growler! Stock up on these finds to keep you warm through the cold weather.

Maybe wine is more your speed.If you’re stuck at home, might as well make the most of it and enjoy yourself. Grab a bottle or 4 at Edgewood Winery, located at Caffee Barista for some red and white deliciousness that is sure to help you forget the many inches of snow we have coming. Also, wine is made of grapes, which is a fruit, so it’s healthy!

Who said preparing for a snowstorm had to be all about milk and bread?

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