Just a few months ago, with the summer season well under way and lines of customers at her self-serve frozen yogurt machines, pediatrician Bonnie Offit was reveling in her decision to quit the practice of medicine and open Bonnie's Toppings stores in three Jersey Shore towns.
Her entrepreneurial enthusiasm on Tuesday morning had turned to mostly depression.
From her hurricane-unscathed home in Bala Cynwyd, Offit viewed with dread picture galleries on Facebook of high water and other storm damage Sandy had wrought some 85 miles away in Avalon, Cape May and Stone Harbor.
What none showed was how Offit's yogurt shops fared. With evacuation orders by Gov. Christie still in effect, Offit didn't expect to be able to assess damage to her businesses before week's end.