Actually, Kristi, Christian had several fundraisers at his Austintown location in the past year to support Someplace Safe, a battered womens shelter Warren. Also, last Christmas, Odonolds downtown participated in the Santa shuffle, and proceeds went to the Beatitude House in Youngstown. You can choose to spend your money how you like, but you should probably check your facts before you state fiction as if it were fact.You're totally buying into the whole "Christian vs. Brent" mentality that the vindicator is trying to promote. how about we change that to "Youngstown vs. a failing economy" and try to support ALL downtown businesses, regardless of any petty bs we may have with who runs it?
August 23, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.
think this whole article was poorly done, and was only printed to stir up trouble between business owners downtown. Everyone involved with this article looks awful in the light that the vindicator has painted them- they made Brent out to be a criminal and bad person, when he is simply a man, with a family, trying to live his life without defining himself by mistakes he made when he was younger. They made Christian seem whiny and petulant, when in fact he is just a successful business owner downtown who is understandably concerned about his investment being hurt by a crowd that may possibly cause trouble. Neither of these men deserved to have this story printed about them- everyone had a past they aren't proud of, and that does not make them who they are. There is no reason to go back and forth pointing out every wrong thing so-and-so has done. I have worked for both Brent and Christian, i know both of them personally. They are good people, hardworking, and above all, an asset to this city. I've seen Christian get involved with many charities like St.Baldricks- a non profit that helps fund pediatric cancer research. The minute Brent hears about a local tragedy, be it the death of a child or an illness in a family, he is the first one to put together a fundraiser to help out. If you ask me, Youngstown needs more people like them, who use their popularity and money in a way that makes our community better. Yet, the vindicator feels the need to paint both of them in an unflattering light, just to sell papers.And its not just Christian and Brents reputations and income at stake here- this story has the potential to shy customers away from the downtown area in general. Why would anyone want to leave the safety of the suburbs to come hang out downtown, if this is the sort of drama they can expect? this story doesn't just affect the people named- if either of the bars start losing business because of this ridiculous article, you know who loses? The people that are employed by both bars- the servers, bartenders, cooks. The college students, the mothers and fathers working a second job, the people saving up to buy homes in this city, the people of Youngstown that are actually trying to make a living and pay taxes. Not to mention, the many many people who have volunteered to try to revamp downtown to make it more appealing (grow in the yo, phil kidd and his relentless efforts to clean up the streets). To all of them, this article is a huge step backwards for everything they've been working for. The authors should perhaps think of these things before they decide to write an article drumming up needless drama and bad feelings in a time where Youngstown needs to stick together. Shame on you, vindicator- you've lost my respect.
August 23, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.