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Breezeway Market businesses struggle to stay afloat

Shops in the market consider closing
Posted at 12:20 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 08:20:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Before the pandemic small businesses in the Breezeway Market would see hundreds of people a day.
Now businesses say it's become a ghost town.

The market is home to about six local shops that sell things from clothes and antiques to professional paintings.

Most of their customers are students and tourists... with high traffic during football season.

Especially with famous events like First Friday's in Railroad Square... some shops making a weeks worth of profit in one day.

With school out and people choosing to stay home, Lev Dalke who owns Haori House says they don't know how much longer they can operate like this.

"The traffic has been very dismall to say the least. We may be lucky to have four or five people walk through the Breezeway at all...all day," said Lev Dalke.

Dalke says three of the shops in the market are looking to close or move out.

Those remaining hope to see traffic increase in days ahead but with COVID-19 numbers on the rise again they are not sure what the future holds.

Other shop owners in the market say they will make the decision on closing or not, once the ACC decides if Florida State will be allowed to have a football season.