Dellwood businesses coming back 3 years after Ferguson riots - KMOV.com

Dellwood businesses coming back 3 years after Ferguson riots

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Three years after the Ferguson riots, businesses in nearby Dellwood are resurfacing. (Credit: KMOV) Three years after the Ferguson riots, businesses in nearby Dellwood are resurfacing. (Credit: KMOV)
DELLWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Civil unrest in and around Ferguson seemed to stop time in its tracks. Destruction of businesses halted cash flow for many communities. 

Dellwood was among the hardest hit.

"It made me sad to see all of this going on in my own community. It is real life," said Dellwood resident, Brandi Nelson. 

Real life for Nelson remains in Dellwood. It's the place she called home for years. 

Five-thousand people make-up the city's population. Its mayor touts the city's 76 percent home ownership rate, $43,210 median household income and hundred of thousands in tax revenue. 

The Dellwood community saw 10 businesses destroyed in the days and weeks following Michael Brown's shooting death. A couple, like O'Reillys and Zisser's, pushed through and remained a part of the city. 

Three new stores, including Boost Mobile, are in a strip mall that Dellwood's mayor estimates 30,000 drivers pass each day. 

"This is our home. This is our community. So, we took the chance and decided to be the first one to come back to this area," Manager Muhamed Gusic. 

Diamond Patton is a first time business owner putting down financial roots in the place she lives. 

"It's a good look bringing customers over, not just from Dellwood, to Dellwood," said Patton. 

Making a community financially strong and socially better takes more than adding brick and mortar, but, resident Tarik Benson believes it's a good start.

"That's part of the healing, when you have businesses coming back, whether it is black or white-owned," said Benson. 

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