center city – Recent riots in the Fashion District have strained store owners, including one company whose mission is to keep children out of trouble.
At times, hundreds of young people line up in stores within the Fashion District for events and free gifts. However, the owners feel that the violence has endangered the atmosphere.
“Must chill the young bull. Throw it in the future way,” he said in a passionate plea posted on Instagram.
“We’d be happy to do a variety of programs if it calms everyone down,” said the owner of motivational clothing brand HMBL, which stands for Stay Humble Stay Hungry.
“Do you see this HMBL store? They pick me up no matter what I do downtown,” said Isaiah Thomas. He sent a message to his followers on Labor Day weekend after an incident involving a young man and a shooting near his fashion district where his shop is located.
“Gun violence and negativity, that’s not cool. I want them to know there’s more of that here,” he said. Police said an 18-year-old boy, now in custody, left the mall and opened fire inside.
“I try to let as many kids as possible know. But he’s concerned that his brand, which boasts a positive message of non-violence and his journey to success, won’t survive in the fashion district because of violence. .
“What kids are doing is kind of negative, because we have a lot of other young people, so if they do something negative, it’s going to look like me. Even if it’s me is trying to do something positive in the city.” added Thomas. With over 58,000 followers, his Thomas has rock star status for his brand and influence over children.
“Many parents feel safe bringing their children to HMBL. Many believe the message I am sending to their children,” he said. Thomas started his candy business while in high school, selling water outside a museum before embarking on a merchandising business. He marketed his brand out of the trunk of his car and opened four stores.
“I want to go here in the city of Philadelphia because it motivates the kids. But if it’s not safe, I don’t know where I’m going,” he said. says it is meeting with Fashion District officials this week to discuss concerns and possible solutions.