ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Many businesses in south St. Louis are concerned they could be a target if demonstrations over the weekend turn violent.
Suzanne Johnson, who runs Bark Avenue Grooming, which is located 2-3 miles away from where Vonderrit Myers, Jr. was shot by police, said she is considering boarding up her windows. Johnson said she is weighing the option after seeing businesses in Ferguson damaged in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.
“If somebody just decides they want to bash them in, I’ve got an entire storefront. I’m looking at $3,000-$4,000 worth of windows,” Johnson said.
Other business owners said they will not close or leave.
“I refuse to live in fear,” said Mo Costello, the owner of MoKabe’s Coffee House.
Costello said protesters have been customers at MoKabe’s.
“If something happened, then we’ll deal with it just like people do every day. If there’s a burglary here in the city, my coffeehouse, we deal with it,” Costello said.
Faraci’s Pizza, which is near where many of the protests have occurred in Ferguson, said it will be closed in case demonstrations escalate.