Damaged Businesses in Pigtown and How You Can Help

| May 1, 2015 | 10 Comments

Tuesday update from Pigtown Main Street Executive Director Ben Hyman:

Three businesses have been damaged in the last 24 hours – Dollar General (701 Washington Blvd), No Limit Communications (769 Washington Blvd) and Total Health Care (1111 Washington Blvd).  There are broken windows/doors at each location, but there does not appear to be any widespread looting.  We have been in consultation with the business owners, Baltimore Police and city officials to provide support.

Wednesday update from Citizens of Pigtown President Richard Parker:

Overnight, we had one break-in to add to the three from Monday night. Nick’s Rotisserie (813 Washington Blvd) was looted at approximately midnight. The front door was smashed open and looters apparently took the cash register and food (valued at approximately $2,000).

An Indiegogo campaign has been set up by Pigtown Main Street to crowdfund the needed repairs:

All of our lives have recently been affected by the Baltimore riots, and while Pigtown is grateful to have escaped much of the violence impacting so many of our fellow citizens, several of our businesses received damage over the past few nights. Pigtown is our home, and the Washington Boulevard main street is the heart of our community. Places like Nick’s Rotisserie are gathering spots for all and their famous food is a point of pride for many of us. Total Health Care provides important health care for children, prescription services, and mental health treatment for local residents. Almost all of our businesses are family owned and operated, with little margin for repairs. Meanwhile, their financial situation becomes even more dire with each day they’re required to be closed.

Help us help our merchants by donating to the Pigtown Pride fund! An estimated $4,500 in repairs is needed, and your support allows us to get our local businesses the funds they need quickly and effectively. In the past 2 years we’ve seen significant improvement on our Main Street and we can’t let recent tragic events stop that momentum. Your gift is tax deductible and will support needed repairs to several of our businesses including:

Every dollar amount counts, and we need YOUR investment. If you can’t donate, please join us on Saturday, May 2 for Bloom the Boulevard, our annual spring cleaning and greening event. Let’s come together as a community and show our pride!

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