Defend And Protect: As Tensions Rise Over The Presidential Election, Greensboro Companies | Native information

Gate City Candy owner Dan Weatherington helped other shops in downtown Greensboro board their windows in case election day turned into damage overnight.

Jamie Biggs, News and Records

GREENSBORO – The sign on the door of the Gate City Candy Company reads, “Come in, we’re open.”

Owner Dan Weatherington hopes the public will get this news even though his shop front at 529 S. Elm St. is covered with boards at night.

“Yeah, it’s a crazy time,” said Weatherington on Wednesday. “But we’re still here.”

Weatherington and several downtown shopkeepers joined others in cities across the country on Tuesday, boarding up shop windows to protect themselves from possible post-election damage.

No damage has occurred here, but some business owners who chose to use plywood protector said they would keep it for the time being.

At the Gate City Candy and Vintage to Vogue Boutique across the street, Weatherington installed boards that he could remove during business hours and reinstall at night.

“My whole life has revolved around this place,” said Weatherington. “So I have to protect it. But at the same time I want people to see that we are open.”

Local owners want to avoid a repeat of May when they lost windows and goods after protests by Minneapolis police over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black,.

What began as a peaceful protest ended in vandalism and looting along South Elm Street, including the front door of Weatherington.

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