Pear Tree Consignment in Edmonds had only been open for four months when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and retail stores across the state closed. And then, after having been open again for just a week, the store was hit by an overnight burglary.
Christine Poirier, owner of the store, shared what happened with other small business owners, hoping to protect them from a similar incident. After hearing about the break in, the Edmonds Chamber Foundation granted the store a $1,000 disaster recovery grant from its WISH Fund.
WISH, which stands for When Inconvenient Stuff Happens, was created to get businesses back on their feet after a disaster. Greg Urban, president and CEO of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, told Poirier what happened to her business was exactly why the fund was created.
The grant will go toward the insurance deductible for the business, Poirier said. She is thankful for the support and said how great the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is.
She also expressed how thankful she was for the community in Edmonds.
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Poirier said of the love she has felt from her community. Since the burglary, people have been coming in to check in on her and the store, and she said she feels a lot of love from the city.