A Helping Hand for Independence Hill
Erie community is rallying to support repair efforts of small businesses.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Late on Sunday night on Feb. 4, thieves (who are as-of-yet unidentified) burglarized two independently owned small businesses. Pointe Foure Vintage Boutique (voted Best Antique or Vintage Shop this year) and Fat Lenny's Ice Cream and Candy Store had their windows broken, and their cash registers raided. These two business are located along a thriving section of town known as Independence Hill (between 24th and 26th streets on Peach). Shops around the area include Grasshopper, the newly opened Steele's Trading Post, Chicory Hill Herbs, Interglasstic Studios, the Hippie and the Hound, French Maids LLC, Gypsy Jewelry Box, and more. Earlier this year, the shopping district received a grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority to help revitalize the area. The effects of the burglaries hit both businesses hard, and the community is rallying to support repair efforts. Thanks to organizers — friends unaffiliated with the shops — a benefit is scheduled titled "Help the Hill," with proceeds going towards security camera installation. The King's Rook Club will open up on Sunday, complete with food, free pool, auctions, and more. — Nick Warren
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. // Kings Rook Club, 1921 Peach St. // $10 donation // 21+ // facebook.com/kingsrookclub