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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Demonstrations in Ferguson are closing in on two weeks. So far the protests Friday night have been peaceful and some businesses are re-opening.

There are signs the stress is starting to ease. The owner of Red's BBQ defied the naysayers including his own mother.

"It's more of taking you know, bringing a sense of normalcy back to the community. My mom is worried sick I'm here and that's the exact reason. I'm here because its nothing to worry, its our neighborhood, it's our community." said Varun Madaksira of Red's BBQ.

The "I Heart Ferguson" volunteers are hard at work inside a corner coffee shop. They are fixing up signs and raising money for businesses that took a hit from recent violence. They continue to see some customers scared to shop because of these pictures. Volunteers are asking shoppers to meet at the farmers market on Sunday and then visit the stores along West Florissant.

Visitors to the memorial where Michael Brown was shot and killed included civil rights activists Betty Thompson. She plans on attending Brown's funeral with Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Junior. She hopes demonstrations continue to be peaceful.

"That's what we stand for, and that's what we're all about and that's what we hope that happens in this town and the city of st. Louis and everywhere.' said Civil Rights Activist Betty Thompson.