8 years to build, 15 minutes to tear down: Community helps clean up black-owned boutique in Dallas

Author: Tiffany Liou

Published: 6:24 PM CDT June 10, 2020

Updated: 6:31 PM CDT June 10, 2020

On Wednesday, Princess Pope pulled up to Guns & Roses Boutique in Downtown Dallas to find dozens of people waiting outside her store. They were there to help her clean up.

Guns & Roses was broken into and looted before 1:00 a.m. on May 30 during riots.

“I am so grateful for the support,” said Pope.

She founded her business eight years ago. It took years to build, and only minutes to tear down.

“They had taken everything,” she said. “95% of our clothing were taken. Things were taken. Mannequins were down the street. The list just goes on.”

Her plan was to reopen on June 2 after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but opening day is now even more delayed .

Since her store was looted, she has received overwhelming support. More than $120,000 has been raised onGoFundMe to help her recover.

The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce decided to host a community clean-up for Pope on Wednesday. Employees from The Statler Dallas and Vista Bank came to help sweep up broken glass. Her family, friends, strangers and supporters showed up as well.

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