Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Old Town business owners hope the recent shooting in the area will not negatively affect their businesses.
"I hope that people don't associate us or any business that operates during the day, as a dangerous place to come to," said Angela Vasquez, owner of Bliss-fullness Custom Cakes and Pastries.
Earlier this year, Vasquez relocated her bakery from West Wichita to Old Town.
"I definitely feel very safe during the day time. We've never had any problems during our business hours," said Vasquez.
Wichita Police said that in the last year, Old Town has stepped up security and their statistics show that crime is down. For example, cases of aggravated assaults are down 43-percent and simple assaults are down 40-percent.
Like Vasquez, Byron Fick relocated his Heartland Bike store from East Wichita to Old Town nearly ten years ago. He feels that Old Town is safe but trouble happens during narrow time slots.
"It's between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. that the issues happen that are negative for Old Town," he said.
Both business owners agree that crime can happen anywhere in the city and hope that customers will not associate them with the shooting.
"We work very hard to bring quality products out there and it makes me sad that people would be afraid to come down here just because of the nightlife," said Vasquez.