RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — “Not once more” is what Jessica Ward, a beautician at Grace Salon on Broad Avenue in Richmond, thought the morning of October 17.
Ward stated that morning she was knowledgeable that a door had been smashed at Central VA Authorized Help Society. The door is situated proper subsequent to the salon the place she plans on working in a couple of hours.
“I obtained the textual content message from my boss and I couldn’t do something however simply take a look at it,” Ward stated. “I didn’t know what to assume.”
Ward stated little did she know she would obtain info that one of many predominant home windows of the salon had been shattered.
“As we speak is Saturday, which is among the busiest days of the week for us,” she stated. “This isn’t how I anticipated my day to go.”
A enterprise proprietor just some shops down from Grace Salon, who didn’t need to be recognized, stated that is why they’re taking their enterprise away from Broad Avenue.
“I’ve been right here since 2005,” they stated. “While you come to Broad Avenue on Friday or Saturday night time there isn’t a one right here. Everybody is simply too scared to come back exterior.”
The enterprise proprietor stated one thing needs to be performed concerning the rioting within the metropolis. He says it’s harmful and these are companies folks cherish and worth.
“I don’t agree with it. We’d like course,” they stated. ” We’ve got to carry again the time when Broad Avenue was crammed with loyal patrons as an alternative of scaring them off.”
Ward stated one thing must be performed now. That is affecting the best way folks present for his or her households.
“I had appointments scheduled this morning,” she stated. “However I needed to cancel my day as a result of I don’t need any of my purchasers feeling any manner about this.”
“Broad Avenue is gorgeous, it has quite a bit to supply, and the view is attractive,” she stated. “It actually stinks when it’s a must to board up and take that away after which marvel if it can occur once more.”
Richmond Metropolis Police stated that somebody has been arrested for the vandalism of Grace Salon.