Created: October 01, 2020 10:34 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A new clothing store is now open in Rochester. The store's original location was burned down during the riots in Minneapolis.
Daniel Johnson tells ABC 6 News why his business, House of Hoodies, means the world to him.
"All I've ever done was try to put good stuff out, good energy out. I've just been getting it. It's been coming tenfold like the community has really shown up for us,” Johnson said.
Daniel Johnson always wanted to expand, by opening a store in Rochester.
But he didn't think a fire would force him to do it. His flagship store in Minneapolis burned to the ground during the riots following George Floyd’s death.
"We thought everything was safe and as soon as we left next thing you know our buildings landlord called and was like ‘Hey check the cameras, your place is on fire.’ So we got in the car and sped over there and basically right in time and we watched it crumble and fall,” Johnson said.
Daniel was at that location for five years but even when he saw his business crumble, he knew he could rebuild.
"I have mixed feelings about it because I couldn't really be sad about losing the business everyone was caught up in their feelings about someone losing their life and that really affected me more than seeing the business crumble,” Johnson said.
So Daniel decided to use that moment as a stepping stone to open in Rochester, create a new brand and be close to his family.
"It just lit a fire in me to just keep pushing and we have the younger generation that just watches us. We just wanted to be an inspiration to everyone and let them know and show resilience and if you fall down you have to get back up.” Johnson said.
Customers who attended the grand opening Thursday say they notice how much work Johnson put into his business.
"I'm really proud of him and it's monumental. The city is definitely going to love it. He's passionate about his work and he really works hard for his business,” Georgina Hanna, a shopper said.
Daniel says the store will be open every day and everyone is welcome.
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