FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- After weeks of being boarded up for protection during the unrest, business owners are taking the boards down.
“I actually took my own boards down right after the decision,” said Antonio Henley, owner of Prime Time Barber Shop. “I didn’t feel a need for them anymore. They have been down for a few weeks.”
Henley says his business has been down eight percent since the death of Mike Brown, but says business is returning to normal. Although, in his words, he admits “normal” means something different now. “I don’t think it will ever be the way it use to be. A lot of people don’t want to come to the area. It’s depressing.”
However, there is good news. Henley says his regular customers are returning. One of his regular customers, Rachel White, said she hadn’t been to the shop for months because she was “afraid” and “didn’t want to get caught in the crossfire.”
“It used to be a busy area, especially on the weekends,” said Ferguson resident Kartess Browber. “Hopefully it [business] will come back.”