Businesses along East 6th Street in downtown Cleveland are still losing out on lots of customers while construction and repairs continue on the partial building collapse nearly a month ago.But there is a new project to help make them whole again.

The proposal marries the lunch hour with the “flash mob” movement, hoping to inject some life back into this struggling block of businesses.

The city is encouraging people to participate in a “lunch mob” this week and patronize those affected by the East 6th Street closure back in April.

Business owners we spoke with say they won’t forget the day bricks came crashing down from the building across the street any time soon.

“My employee was here and she sent me a text that a building across the street fell down– it sounded like a bomb went off,” said Leah Struchen Deans, a small business owner.

Struchen Deans had just celebrated a year of running her small business, Tabu Coffee Company.

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