Violence Prompts One Business Owner To Consider Shutting Down

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A business owner in Greenville says because of reoccurring violence she's decided to shut her doors unless some key changes happen from city officials.

Owner of L.A. Lounge Tamalyn Torrecilla says she chose to do business in Greenville because of it's charm and historical buildings.

But after two shootings within a week, one which happened right outside her door, she says she just doesn't feel safe doing business downtown anymore.

Tamyalyn said she was planning to shut her doors Monday, but after many calls from clients telling her they would miss L.A. Lounge she decided to postpone the closing.

She doesn't have an exact date when she will close, but says she is waiting to see the type of reaction from city officials.

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  • by Dan Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    For the police department to end crime downtown is easier said then done. Downtown is in the midst of where alot of gang members live. It's not like they can search everyone who drives into downtown for guns. That is why its called drive-by, its a quick way to cause violence and leave quickly.They know that eventually they will get caught but they don't care. These shooting happened in the wee hours of the morning. No matter where you are its never safe to be out that time of night.
  • by Amazed.. Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 11:07 PM
    I'm amazed at the negativity here. Chicos has had a loyal thriving business for at least 20 years downtown. The area of 4th street where LALounge and SPA is located looks great. Dave's and Star light as well are busy. If you don't think folks aren't " urban" enough to enjoy them then your not there to see that they do. I agree that loiters are the problem , crime in general has been up for the past year. The chief does need to step up. But dinner and lunch out with friends is a major pasttime in Greenville. Lets all work together to keep our community safe and positive!
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:49 PM
    I have eaten there and I'm from Greenville and it is something different. It's cool to go there and hang out and eat every now and then. That whole complex reminds me of downtown Wilm or Charleston. Classy. My favorite will always be Parkers and Bojangles, but LA Lounge is something different. I like it.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    "HeyTad", I don't proofread, I type. I have a real job, so I have to say what I have to say and move on. If I misspell a word, quite frankly, I don't care, I'm busy. I know many well educated professionals who are rotten spellers and they don't care either. We have people to proofread the things that need to be perfect. Get a life, when I see people nitpicking over little things, I think, "What an idiot". So much wasted effort.
  • by DS1 on Jul 8, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    I agree with you Brian. Downtown Greenville is a dumpy eyesore!!
  • by Brian Location: Gerenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    BW's left the area and their new place is packed all of the time. Downtown is the pits. There is nowhere to park and it's full of beggars, thugs and rundown bars with horrible smelling bathrooms. This is really a no brainer if you ask me.
  • by Tamalyn Location: greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Hey everyone, Tamalyn here from the LA Lounge. Thanks for your support and not so supportive comments... We are OPEN and I will give the city of Greenville and the police dept a chance to implement their strategies. As for the prices,check out our website we have adjusted pricing due the economic downturn... We were not a failing business before this event.. yeah it has been very tough with on top of being a new business, the economy and now bullets. We do hope you will give us another chance.
  • by Dave Location: The blue planet on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    I think she should pack up her business and go back to CA. People in NC are too slow paced and closed minded to appreciate such a place.
  • by J Location: NC on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    I don't get it. There are plenty of places where bars/clubs and daytime businesses (boutiques, restaurants, etc) run side by side without problems. Charleston, Savannah, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, etc. The problem seems to be with those loitering. So many want to complain that not everyone is let into the clubs. There is a reason why! The clubs are trying to keep trouble out by enforcing a dress code they hope encourages college students and young professionals. Chief Anderson clean up the streets! Don't blame the clubs, they don't want to encourage trouble inside their establishments.
  • by Kimberly Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    Hope she chooses to leave.Broke my ankle there last summer because of no lighting or warnings of step down.She was all worried that night but when my attorney's contacted her,said she didn't remember the incident at all.And no, I hadn't been drinking. I do have the money to eat & drink there but it's sad when a drink cost as much as the meal pratically. Not to mention, much better food elsewhere.I agree-just an excuse for a failing business...

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