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State Street businesses picking up the pieces after Saturday night damage

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A shop is boarded up on State Street after a night of unrest.
A shop is boarded up on State Street after a night of unrest.

MADISON (WKOW) -- On State Street in downtown Madison, the visual is essentially the same up and down, boarded up windows and closed businesses.

27 News spoke with one business owner, who didn't want to go on camera, who said looters caused more than $100,000 in damage in his store.

Even those without as much damage say it's a difficult time right now.

"We pulled the news up and we got live footage of our window being smashed in, so it was a lot of anxiety going on through that moment," Akash Pradhan, who works at PowerNine Games, said.

He left the board game store for the day, right before chaos erupted on State Street.

He says the people causing vandalism only broke one of their windows and spared the shop.

"We got lucky in that aspect, the store wasn't looted. Everyone in here was safe," Pradhan said.

Across the street, Geoffrey Kopski at Freedom Skate Shop also had his storefront broken, but no one got in.

"There was a kid that I knew that was out front that watched my store for me until I got here," he said.

Kopski then stayed at his store until midnight, boarding up the windows with skateboards and protecting it from looters.

He knows other neighbors weren't as lucky.

"Oh I know they got hit worse, there's a business owner right down the block that got cleared out," Kopski said.

He was referencing August, a store also on his block.

Looters were seen, live on a 27 News Facebook livestream, breaking into the shop and stealing clothing items.

Kopski says despite the damage, he understood the need to protest and make sure what happened to George Floyd doesn't happen again.

"It stinks, but justice does need to happen and a point does need to get across, but at the expense of small businesses, it hurts," he said.

Many of the small, local, businesses 27 News spoke to said they had just opened up after being closed for two months because of the pandemic.

They hope if there are any more protests, that it doesn't lead to more vandalism and looting, or else they may not be able to financially survive.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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