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Samantha Hayes ReportingTrolley Square reopened for business today. Some stores are open but others are not. While people are coming back to shop and eat, the feeling inside is different.
There are lots of security guards watching. People said coming back inside Trolley Square is a way to start healing. Many want to show support for local business and honor the victims.
When Rodizio Grill decided to open for Valentine's Day, the manager was not sure people would want to keep their reservations.
David Knighton, General Manager, Rodizio Grill: "We've had some emotional times tonight as guests have told us or shown us how glad they are we are open."
Josh Wadsworth: "We had reservations established and we didn't know if they would be open and allow us to come back, and they contacted us."
Their show of support is also for the victims of Monday's shooting.
Heather Wadsworth: "The memorial they have here is beautiful, neat to remember those."
When Trolley Square opened people came into shop; some stores like Tabula Rasa looked just like normal. In other stores you can see plywood where windows shattered and on the South side people are leaving flowers and messages in honor of the victims and their families.
Zeke Zenger: "But now that it's over and you realize it's just a coincidence you just have to get back and live normal."
Opening on Valentine's Day is a step in that direction, but most people working and visiting here tonight feel anything but normal.
David Knigton, Manager, Rodizio Grill: "We've had a couple of employees almost break down tonight, not because they are struggling with the grief, it's all the emotions, the trauma, it's the guests. We're kind of surprised at how much support there has been tonight."
David Knighton smiled when I asked him about the Ogden police officer who had been dining in his restaurant the night of the shooting. He wants to offer the officer a year of free meals; he says he just can't seem to get a hold of him. Officer Kenneth Hammond is probably a popular man right now.
In all, 11 stores, four restaurants, the movie theaters and a bank opened today. Following is a list of stores opening for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with a couple of additional retailers opening next week.
Bath & Body Works
Brass Key Antiques
Green Street Social Club
Hard Rock Café
Local Colors Gallery
Original Way Gallery
Payne Anthony Jewelers
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Rodizio Grill & Rodizio Dinner Club
The Next Big Thing
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Wells Fargo Bank
Open Thursday, Feb 15
Alta Modal Bridal
Trolley Taffy Station
John Robert Powers
Pubs Desert Edge Brewery
Open Friday, Feb 15
European Linens a& Design
Open Next Week
Cabin Fever - Feb. 21
Pottery Barn Kids -- Will hold a grand re-opening. Date TBD.
Four Winds Healing Arts