After Devastating Destruction and Theft, This Black-Owned Boutique Is Rising From the Ashes

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BY ABBY BLASINGAME PUBLISHED IN LIVING JUNE 11, 2020 12:45 PM

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After eight years as a fixture in the Dallas fashion community, Princess Pope is just getting restarted.

During the early hours of May 30, peaceful protests mourning George Floyd’s death at the hands of police were followed by looting and rioting. Pope’s Guns and Roses Boutique had its windows smashed and its inventory wiped.

On the morning of June 10, the scars of that night remained. Shards of glass still carpeted the floor, shelves were sideways, and hangers were strewn across the hardwood. Plywood on the windows acted as a bandage. To start the process of healing, over 30 people armed with brooms arrived to help clean up the store.

The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce organized the group effort, which also included volunteers from Vista Bank and commercial cleaners from the nearby Statler Hotel. Pope’s mother even traveled from California to support her daughter.

“We showed up and there was a line around the store. [It] is incredible to see the sheer amount of people from every walk of life that showed up and were willing to lend a helping hand and roll up their sleeves,” said Jeff Lisles, Senior VP of Vista Bank. “It’s very exciting.”

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