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Norfolk community Taking Action for businesses displaced in awning collapse

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-12 17:23:52-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Yoga and comedy sounds like an unlikely duo, but it is just one way that the downtown Norfolk community is taking action after five businesses temporarily lost their home.

Push Comedy Theatre is opening their doors to My Yoga Spirit, one of the businesses affected by an awning collapse on Monday.

Fortunately, no one was injured, and the building’s structural integrity was not affected. However, it could be at least two weeks until they move back in.

“It wasn’t even a question for us,” says Brad McMurram with Push Comedy Theatre. “I think they would do the same thing for us.”

They’re just a portion of the community that is getting results.

Cure Coffeehouse is opening a pop-up shop at 433 Granby Street this weekend. They were especially concerned about what they would do with their fifteen employees, but that is when other restaurants stepped in.

“They have put our staff to work temporarily so they can pay our bills, they have helped us clear out Cure, and have done so much for us,” says Theresa Verebely, General Manager at Cure Coffeehouse.

“It’s absolutely amazing.”

My Yoga Spirit will begin classes on June 13th at Push Comedy Theatre at 8:00 AM, followed by a 10:00 AM class and a 2:00 PM donation class. Cure Coffeehouse will begin their shop at 9:00 AM on Saturday.

While it’s a new territory, business owners say they’re optimistic.

“We’ll be open in two weeks, if not, that’s OK too, we’ll be open soon."
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