West Florissant quiet and open for business

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – As the sun set on Ferguson Saturday night, West Florissant Avenue was quiet.  Businesses were welcoming customers but the shooting death of Michael Brown was not forgotten.  A t-shirt stand sold shirts with, “unity” and “hands up don’t shoot” on the front.

One business hit especially hard this month was the Swish Bar and Grill.  The owner was forced to close the doors while police set up their command center in front of his business.

“I lost a lot of money,” said Corey Nickson-Clark, owner.

He’s hoping elected leaders follow through on promises to provide financial support.  He said some customer have already done just that.  He said a couple of customers have come in and given him 25 dollars without asking for anything in return.

“I have had a lot of new customers who have come in for lunch,” said Nickson-Clark.

One visitor to West Florissant was pleased the streets were quiet.

“We can to school.  We can go to work,” she said.  “But I’m glad it’s still on the forefront of everybody’s mind to make sure that things change for the long run, and not just for the short-term.”

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