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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Some business owners in Ferguson are speaking out about the economic loss from unrest the city has seen.

Steve Moore owns the Celebrity Soul Food Restaurant on North Harvey Avenue.  He says his business revenues have dropped by 80%.

“Some people call me and ask if we are even open,” said Moore.  He says negative images in the media have fueled fears by some customers who are staying home.

The owner of Marley’s and Grill said periodic shut downs of south Florissant have hurt businesses in the area of the Police Department.  Martin Braun says workers could ultimately suffer if businesses are forced to cut back, or even go out of business.

Moore hopes people will support Ferguson businesses and the city will find a way to solve issues in a way that does not disrupt businesses.  He also expressed support for Mayor James Knowles.  Moore said Knowles was very supportive when the restaurant owner wanted to open his Soul Food Restaurant. ​