Broad Ripple businesses hold strong for sidewalk sale
It has been almost a month since a violent shooting in Broad Ripple. On Sunday however, a dozen businesses busted out of their doors, filling the sidewalks with merchandise for the Broad Ripple Village Association's annual Sidewalk Sale.
Jeannie Kaplan's store, Artifacts, has been in Broad Ripple for 37 years. The sidewalk sale highlights what is special and different in the neighborhood.
"People know that they need to shop the small businesses if they want to keep them," Kaplan said.
The Fourth of July crime still comes up in conversation in Broad Ripple, but Kaplan says loyal shoppers never left and others are back.
"It's my home. It's part of the city that I have always loved and always will," said Broad Ripple Resident Helen Miles.
Business owners are looking for company, hoping vacancies turn into retail.
"More daytime businesses, more retail, because that's what customers want. That's what we hear customers asking for," Kaplan said.
"It helps to have more shops," said Jennifer Velasco, co-owner of The Bungalow.
Overall, business owners say summer has turned up. They are optimistic, and hoping shoppers are too.
"I think customers are coming out and some intentionally knowing that they need to support small businesses and knowing that it's hard," Kaplan said.