Omaha's mayor walked the streets Thursday evening, talking to residents about doing more business on 30th Street. Business owners hope Mr. Suttle’s visit inspires change in the area.
Evan Lindsey is the manager of House of Mufflers and Brakes at 30th and Sprague. “We do steering suspension, brakes, exhaust, engines, transmission, steering suspension, rear-ends, anything you can imagine on a car, we take care of."
They've been doing that for 42 years. “It's been good, it's been good. We are about even with last year, which is where we would like to be. We would actually like to be higher than that, but we are actually up from last year, so we are doing pretty good."
Lindsey knows why his shop has succeeded and he hopes Mayor Suttle picks up on it Thursday night. “I took the store over five years ago and it was in some disarray and there were some things that needed to be done and I, to this day, get customers that come in and see the cleanliness of the store, the outside, how things are taken care of."
He believes that if other businesses followed the lead, more businesses might be drawn to the area. “Overall, I think some of the issues are that they need to clean up the area a little bit, take pride in their businesses as we do."
His message for Mayor Suttle? “Just to do everything in his power to deter away all the violence in the area and maybe get some more kid-appropriate activities in the area, so the kids can stay out of trouble and go from there."