Lake Street business owners expect cure after verdict

Lake Street business owners expect cure after verdict

“I feel extreme optimism for our community,” she added. To deal with the pent-up emotions, she stepped up and called on neighboring businesses and residents to help plant flowers on the sidewalk last year to remind people the community would bounce back. Now, she is more hopeful than ever the Lyn-Lake community will come back to life after the trial.

Fateemah Ampey, the owner of Suite Spot Salon, watched her Lake Street community suffer as many businesses struggled to stay open through a health crisis. The following civil unrest led to businesses boarding up, which has created anxiety for her and her peers. Some business owners in Minneapolis say now that Derek Chauvin’s trial has wrapped up, they’re looking forward to a fresh start.

“As a small business owner, I wear a lot of hats as far as the impact that this has had on me,” Ampey said. Minneapolis business owners hopeful for fresh start after Chauvin verdict

Source Ampey adds that she has plans on doing another beautification project this year, but the next thing she’s excited for is the boarding in the area coming down.

“As far as this community goes,” she said. “I feel super excited about the possibility of new beginnings.” She says while there’s still work to do in the fight for racial justice, the verdict is a step forward in a neighborhood she calls vibrant and energetic to heal.

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