EUGENE, Ore. -- As downtown businesses recover after taking hits from looting and vandalism over the weekend, some owners are speaking out about the support they have received from the community.
“I’m blessed,” said David Nettles, owner of Juiced Up Vapors. “I’m happy that I’m still open, and I'm happy that I can still serve our community and be here for them. I’m just grateful. Just very grateful this morning.”
Although thousands of dollars was lost for his shop, Nettles said that the community, near and far, have given more than he could have expected.
“Anything I needed, they were there for me,” Nettles said. “They’ve donated so much money, probably more money than I need, so my plan is to take that extra money and re-donate it to someone else.”
Brittany Quick-Warner, CEO of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, said that the community is searching for ways to help local businesses that have been affected.
“The Chamber has also had an outpouring of folks who said, ‘How can we help?'" Quick-Warner said. "What can we do to support these businesses? We kind of need to know from the businesses who were impacted. So, if you are impacted or if something has happened, please feel free to reach out to us. We can help connect you to some of those folks who have already said that they want to help.”
KEZI 9 News is told that at the property at 7th Avenue and Washington Street alone over half a million dollars in damage was done.