While many businesses are challenged by pandemic-inspired lockdowns and stay home orders, not every business’s experience is the same.
Frey’s Hermetic Supplies, for example, has a problem with their new neighbors.
Owner Martinique Fisher – in business for about 10 years – like many Pagan businesses, got her start on the festival circuit. About a year and a half ago, she opened a brick and mortar location in Orange, California.
While Fisher’s landlord is Christian, there wasn’t any problem until this past week, when a new burger restaurant moved in next door. Fisher tells PBN that the restaurant owner has been trying to make an issue of the nature of the products that Frey’s provides. This includes allegedly approaching the landlord, and other businesses in the area, to talk about the nature of Frey’s Hermetic Supplies, and threatening to push Frey’s out on several occasions.
The walls of the adjoining businesses are fairly thin, according to Fisher. Activities in the restaurant knocked items off shelves in her store, and broke them. The restaurant owner was not interested in discussing paying for the damages. Nor was he open to talking about how, as good neighbors, they might want to be cautious about causing damage.
Fisher states that the restaurant owner has suggested that the fact that Fisher “sells curses” might be construed as a threat. The restaurant owner insinuated, to the landlord, that Fisher has sent threats online as well. The landlord’s response has been to request proof from Fisher that she didn’t send a threat.
Fisher says that in the time she has been in this location, she has worked with other area businesses. They often send business to each other. Her business offers a variety of supplies, and welcomes patrons of all faiths.
We’ll be following this story closely.