Shoppers give boost to Seminole Heights shop owners on Small Business Saturday


From the tasty, to the trendy to the truly one of a kind, there’s no shortage of gifts to buy and things to try in Seminole Heights. 


And on this Small Business Saturday, stores in Seminole Heights, needed the support of their local community more than ever. Though the community is determined not to let fear win, Seminole Heights shops and restaurants have felt noticed a dramatic drop in business in the wake of a killing spree that has claimed the lives of four people in the neighborhood since October 9th.

“As soon as it starts getting dusk you start seeing the fall off in traffic not only in automobile traffic but also the foot traffic,” explained Urban Bungalow owner David Hansen. 

But on Saturday, stores along Florida and Nebraska Avenues were packed with shoppers eager to support their Seminole Heights neighborhood businesses. 

“Given the situation with the psychopath on the loose I think it’s more reason for us to come out and support them,” explained Seminole Heights neighbor Gary Howell. “More than ever I think you’re seeing the community come together.”

"I’m shocked and I feel grateful," said Hey Giant Biscuit Shop co-owner Lee Valenti. "There’s something really unique about Seminole heights and the neighbors really come out and support."
Neighbors say they’re determined to protect the unique people and places that truly define Seminole Heights. 

“We definitely understand coming out and supporting because we don’t want this neighborhood to go backwards. It’s come such a long way,” said Mary Cooper.

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