Businesses Slowly Reopen after Napa Quake

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Businesses in downtown Napa that suffered damages from Sunday’s earthquake are starting to reopen.

Many along Second and Third Streets are still red and yellow tagged, but those that have passed city inspections are now welcoming guests.

Patricia Trimble reopened her antique shop, The Roost, Tuesday morning after two full days of cleanup. She said because of the earthquake, 40 percent of her inventory is now shattered in a dumpster.

“Between $20,000 – $40,000 in losses… $8,000 alone in paint,” Trimble said.

However, she believes her store was one of the lucky ones. As of Tuesday afternoon, almost every store on her block was still red or yellow tagged, and waiting to be cleared to reopen.

Locals and tourists alike have been showing their support by visiting Trimble and leaving gifts and words of encouragement.

“Strangers who are tourists in town have been coming in, asking if they can pick up a broom, it's crazy,” Trimble said. “People are kind. Just so kind.”

As one of the fortunate few who were able to reopen so soon, Trimble felt she had a personal responsibility to artistically life up the spirits of her town. Using her damaged paint, she boarded up her shattered front window, and wrote the message “We LOVE Napa.” Trimble also plans to leave the large paint splatter in the back of her store.

“I plan to sign, ‘E. Quake,’ and just kind of call it earthquake art. Because we're just going with it,” said Trimble,

Many said her positive attitude was contagious in the community.

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA District 5) has been in the North Bay since Sunday, checking with his constituents. He said he is certain if people work together, they will recovery from this disaster.

“The good news is no body died,” Congressman Thompson said. “All things that can be replaced and this is the fifth congressional district. We'll be up and going before you know it.”