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3 years after business destroyed by riots, owner launches comeback venture

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Queen's Royal Touch Massage Barber and Beauty Store was destroyed during the Ferguson riots, but the owner has found a way to rebuild. Credit: KMOV Queen's Royal Touch Massage Barber and Beauty Store was destroyed during the Ferguson riots, but the owner has found a way to rebuild. Credit: KMOV
NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A north St. Louis County businesswoman is back on her feet after three years in limbo.

Queen's Royal Touch Massage Barber and Beauty Store was destroyed during the Ferguson riots, but the owner has found a way to rebuild.

"I took my 401k and started that business," Queen Greene recalls.

It was bustling for five years in Dellwood until the riots erupted

"They burned the beauty supply store and it caught the entire strip mall. So that's how we got damaged," she said. "When it happened I had just got home and just got married and found out I was pregnant.”

Now, three years after that setback, she's celebrating the opening of a new business venture in that same shop.

"I feel like I'm not a quitter. This was my foundation and I wanted to come back and say, ‘You can't take me from where god put me.’"

The new business is a daycare center for children ages three to 12. As Greene puts it, the focus is “EduFit,” a twist on education with health and fitness.

"I've been in education for 15 years. I'm bringing it over to child care.

So far her first customers are her two children, but she says growth is right around the corner.

"We have quite a few who have signed up already. Right now they are waiting for state aid approve. Once that's approved, we'll probably be around 20 already."

She says her decision to rebuild is a way of giving back to a community that's been there for her.

"This is my community. I know this community. I know the people here," she said. "I'm not going to let somebody take something that god gave me. You can burn it down but we can rebuild."

They're planning a big grand opening this weekend.

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