Ferguson businesses crowdfund to rebuild after riots



Darius Crenshaw, left, and his sister Keona, both of Ferguson, Mo., take a selfie while standing in front of a burned down beauty salon from last night's riots, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
Dozens of businesses in Ferguson were looted, damaged or destroyed in the riots that followed a grand jury's decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in August.
The majority of those businesses, most of them on West Florissant Avenue — located near the apartments where Brown was shot and the site of the August protests — were owned by locals who seemingly to lost everything.
Nearly 13,500 people across the globe have donated $500,000 on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com to help the businesses rebuild, according to a Washington Post report.
"Our hearts go out to all those affected by the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri," GoFundMe spokeswoman Kelsea Little told Mash. She called the campaigns "shining examples of what can happen when communities come together for a common cause."
Below, see a list of the GoFundME campaigns and find out how you can donate to help Ferguson's business community rebuild.

Natalie's Cakes and More

Money raised: $267,519 of an initial $20,000 goal
Natalies Cakes
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Natalie Dubose of Natalie's Cake and More has raised $267,519, well over her initial $20,000 goal, after a flurry of media coverage spotlighting her damaged bakery. Now, she's using that attention to help others.
"I know how lucky and blessed I am, so if you're checking in on me, PLEASE consider helping my neighbors whose businesses were damaged," she wrote in an update on her campaign's page.

Fashions R Boutique

Money raised: $20,608 of $20,000 goal
Juanita Morris, the owner of Fashions R Boutique on W. Florissant Ave,said her store was the largest black-owned fashion boutique in the St. Louis area. It was burned to the ground on Nov. 24, "resulting in total loss of the building and all of its contents," she wrote on her campaign page.
A helicopter news crew captured the destruction on video that night.

Eight days since launching her fundraising appeal, Morris has surpassed her $20,000 goal and is preparing to rebuild, already opening an online shop to fulfill orders.
"THANK YOU ALL for your generosity and support!" she said in a message to her nearly 700 supporters last weekend. "I am so humbled and moved that so many people are kind and loving enough to give to a complete stranger like me. THERE IS STILL LOVE IN THE WORLD!"

Queen's Royal Touch

Money raised: $9,580 of $19,000 goal
Queens Ferguson

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“Queen” K. Barnes-Greene owns Queen's Royal Touch Massage, Barber & Beauty, another store that burned in the riots on Nov. 24. "The windows were kicked in. The roof was damaged. The ceiling has fallen, electrical wires are burned, and there is smoke and water damage everywhere. Everything was damaged or destroyed in a matter of seconds," she said.
Nearly $10,000 later, Queen is ready to start picking up the pieces.
"We can't wait to rebuild and get back to work serving our community," she said. "Keep your fingers crossed and continue to pray for us. It's all because of you all this is happening. I'm so grateful!!!"

Sam's Meat Market

Money raised: $7,093 of $100,000
Sams Meat Market

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Mustafa Alshalabi, a first-generation American who is the owner of Sam's Meat Market & More, lost it all the night of Nov. 24. "It is so sad to see everything we tried to build be burned to the ground by looters," he said on his campaign page. Its windows were smashed and the store was set on fire. "We will rebuild," Alshalabi said, adding that every dollar raised will go into opening the store again as soon as possible.

Heal STL

Money raised: $7,015 of $30,000
Antonio French's "Heal Stl" community center was destroyed on the night of the riots.
HealSTL

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"That office represented thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars of donated items. But thank goodness, no staff or volunteers were injured. We are disappointed. But we are not deterred," organizers wrote on the GoFundMe page. "With your help, we will quickly rebuild and get back to work."

Beauty World

Money raised: $11,446 of $20,000
Beauty World

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Jun Hee Lee's parents have operated a small beauty supply store in Ferguson for the past six years. The building didn't catch fire in the riots, but "much of the inventory that wasn't stolen suffered water damage and the basement is flooded." Lee's parents hope to be back in business by Christmas.
"No donation is really expected as we really wrestled with even creating this account, but we do ask that you keep us and this great little city in your hearts and prayers during these trying times," they wrote.

The Flood Christian Church

Money raised: $64,893 of $500,000
Flood

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Everything inside The Flood, a Christian church that claims Michael Brown Sr. as a parishioner, was destroyed the night of the riots.
Now they're hoping to restore and rebuild the church — which was far from the protests and therefore raised questions if it was targeted — and have so far raised $65,000 to do it.

Little Caesars

Money raised: $5,347 of $7,000

The Beck family, owners of Ferguson's Little Caesars, have had a heck of a year. They lost their house, two dogs and a cat in a fire 10 months ago, and now lost their business in the Ferguson riots in November. They're aiming for $7,000 to rebuild and provide bonuses for the employees who lost their jobs as a result of the damage.

Hidden Treasures

Money raised: $5,745 of $50,000
Treasures

"Each day I am more and more grateful for the blessings of people who have extended themselves to me during my business' darkest hour and have brought a ray of hope and the glimmer of a brighter day," wrote Jeniece Andrews, co-owner of the antiques and jewelry store, which lost everything when it was robbed during the riots and then destroyed in fire.

STL Cordless

Money raised: $12,253 of $20,000
STL Cordless

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STL Cordless, a wireless shop on W. Florissant Ave., was first vandalized in August, then heavily damaged in the riots that followed the grand jury announcement. Now, the store is raising funds to stay in Ferguson, purchase new property, "survive the short term and move."

The Kutt Factory Barber and Beauty Salon

Money raised: $1,090 of $10,000
Kutt Factory

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Tony Bunting opened The Kutt Factory one year ago in Ferguson. Bunting said it was vandalized and looted. The store is now missing stylists' equipment, a TV, a radio, DVDs and two computers. "I'm truly lost for words with this. I stand with Ferguson in demanding justice. My brother and fellow barber is a resident of Ferguson. It serves no purpose to destroy businesses," he wrote.

FAN Wireless

Money raised: $800 of $15,000
FAN Wireless

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Nebeyou Teffera and Frew Arega are co-owners of FAN Wireless, a small business located inside a gas station on W. Florissant Ave. Their store was damaged during the first round of protests, then broken into during the riots. That time, "the damages were too great." The store's display cases and a computer were smashed, and the register and an unnamed amount of inventory were stolen.
To reopen, according to Teffera, the owners will have to replace "all display shelves, phones, phone accessories, computer set, cash registers and other miscellaneous items."

SOLO insurance

Money raised: $3,310 of $50,000
SOLO Insurance

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Dan and Beverly McMullen run a small car insurance shop across the street from the dilapidated QuikTrip in Ferguson, an area that looks "like a war zone you'd see in the news," Beverly said. They are raising funds to find new property in Ferguson.

STL Mobile

Money raised: $1,400 of $15,000
Boost

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STL Mobile, a Boost Mobile retailer on W. Florissant Ave., was also hit hard, according to owner, Gina. "We created this account with the help of others to help repair the significant damage to our locations and to replace the inventory that was taken," she said. "Not only is this mine and business partners livelihood, but the 35+ employees, that work for our company, too. We will rebuild, regrow and come back to a strong Ferguson."

Ferguson Burger Bar

Money raised: $2,547 of $50,000
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Customers hang out at the Ferguson Burger Bar as the town struggles to return to normal following several days of riots, looting and violent protests following the death of Michael Brown on August 21, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Charles and Kizzie Davis have kept the doors open at Ferguson Burger Bar all throughout the protests, but they lost revenue due to spoilage following the recent riots. On their campaign page, they wrote: "We would like too have a bright future in Ferguson. God bless us all."

Doug's Auto Care

Money raised: $500 of $5,000
Dougs

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Doug's Auto care, a mechanic shop on W. Florissant Ave., is still standing following November's riots, but it sustained damage back in August. Its owner, Doug, needs help paying the bills. Doug plans to stay in Ferguson, his fiancee wrote on GoFundMe, and "continue to serve the community in which is has grown up in."

Other Ferguson-area businesses

There are a number of businesses in the Ferguson area using GoFundMe to make up for lost business as a result of the protests. Many of them are on South Florissant, near the Ferguson Police Department, where sustained protests took place leading up to — and after — the day the grand jury decision was announced.
They include Marley's Bar & GrillCose Dolci BakeryMimi's Subway Bar & GrillCathy's Kitchen and Faraci Pizza (whose owner was criticized for a confrontation with protesters in September).

Ebony and Public Storage

Money raised: $2,832 of $5,000
And then there's Ebony, the former property manager of the burned Public Storage building.
Ebony

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She and her two children lived in a townhouse that was attached to the building. They lost everything in the fire. Donations to her GoFundMe page will help them start over, replacing clothes and other basic necessities.




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