Chella Holcomb, whose enterprise was destroyed, was excited to reopen after COVID-19, however on Sunday the enterprise subsequent door was looted and set on hearth. She needed to watch as the hearth slowly destroyed her personal.
“Proper now I simply see reminiscences,” she stated, a wall that was as soon as her workplace and bricks that have been as soon as the inspiration of the enterprise she began from scratch.
“My retailer was the most recent place on the block, probably the most popping,” she stated.
She was the proud proprietor of LuvHandles, Bronzeville’s place for balloons, celebration planning, flyers, and banners. Now she is coping with the grief that comes with proudly owning a enterprise now destroyed and the grief that comes with being a black lady in 2020.
“Mentally, bodily, financially, it’s simply all a headache,” she stated.
Constructing from nothing is nothing new for Holcomb.
“I come from the tasks, so I come from nothing,” she stated. “Rising up fatherless to being in a household that was low earnings.”
As a black lady in Bronzeville, beginning her personal enterprise within the place that she was cast by hearth was empowering.
“It gave lots of people the place I’m from hope that they’ll construct companies and do issues of their neighborhood,” she stated.
However then after a weekend of civil unrest that hope appeared to go up in flames in a single day when her enterprise was burned to the bottom.
“Coming again to see it, it’s hurtful,” she stated. “I don’t know if it was blacks. I don’t know if it was whites. It doesn’t make a distinction. My tradition has suffered, however I need to develop with all people.”
With resolve like a warrior, she appeared and the ashes and deliberate her subsequent steps identical to she has finished earlier than.
“All I can do is simply work on rebuilding and shifting ahead. That’s all I can do,” she stated.
Holcomb is one face, one story of so many native enterprise homeowners going by means of this. She stated complete prices are upwards of $100,000, and it may very well be months to get her enterprise again the place it was.
She has a GoFundMe for many who need to assist her rebuild.
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