Sam's insurance policy does not cover for loss of merchandise in this situation, and the losses are significant. A rough estimate from Sam at the moment is at least $70,000. He lost over 4,500 pairs of jeans alone, in addition to a complete line of women's wear, fixtures, sewing machines, and the physical and mental damage sustained.
Sam has been a valued retail entrepreneur in Columbus since he began offering modern European suits for extremely reasonable prices in 2011. First out of an office on Gay St, and then opening his flagship Sofyano storefront on High St, Sam has offered the highest quality in menswear at a fraction of the price elsewhere, an incredible value for our community.
I was one of Sam's first customers at the High St location, a poor graduate student that needed a suit. I was shocked at the value I received at a price I could afford. I kept going back and each time I've received the best treatment I've ever had in a retail establishment. All my suits (6, I think, now, including the one I was married in), are from Sam, as well as half of my jeans! Sam is the best in the business, and known to be willing to give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
After many years of hard work and preparation, Sam was able to open a second location, 89 and Pine, at 259 S High St where he focused his talents on design of upscale urban wear for men and women with his new original line of clothing.
While we all support the protesters, their outrage, and the need for real change in the United States to protect people of color, we must also support and protect our local minority business owners at this time of crisis. Sam was attacked in his own store, so there is no mistaking that the looters (not protestors) knew the owner was a person of color. We cannot let a dedicated entrepreneur like Sam be wounded needlessly like this (mentally, physically, and financially) and we can help make this right with many small donations, together.
Let's fix this Columbus. Today. Together.
(Background info: I'm Josh Coy, of Columbus Ohio, a customer of Sam's since 2013. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to Sam to assist him in the rebuilding of the 89 and Pine brand. Sam has been added as the sole beneficiary and only person that can withdraw the funds from Go Fund Me into his account. Note: The current amount is a starting point and will be raised as needed)
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