Restaurants ruined; Sierra Vista businesses begin clean-up
Reporter: Jessica Chapin
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9- TV) - All of the shelters are closed and the roads are open in Sierra Vista, but as the city returns to normal, that concept may be a long way off for dozens of residents who lost their homes and businesses.
Angelika Gloyd owned Angelika's German Imports Market and Deli off Hwy 92. The building crumbled during the fire. Though it looks like a surreal step out of the ordinary, she can still recognize pieces of rubble which were her possessions.
"I just can't get over this, it's just blowing my mind," she said, staring at a melted deli case which housed charred black clumps of what used to be sausages. The restaurant would've hit its one year anniversary in that location next week.
"I pour my heart and soul into my business and to the people that I serve," she said. Customers came hundreds of miles to Gloyd's restaurant just to get a taste of home. She specialized in food from her home country, Germany.
"My customers have just been awesome and the following has been wonderful and I am so sorry that it just ended so quickly," she said as her eyes started watering. It's clear that for Gloyd, it's not the loss of the building she's taking to heart. It's the loss of loyal customers she served.
Gloyd was able to recover one item from the fire that held special meaning, her favorite mug. It reads, "The Boss, I don't need your attitude, I have my own."
Gloyd's teary eyes laughed to see this. She says she will place it on a shelf when she re-opens, as a reminder.
Gloyd and her husband don't know when or where they will continue their German cooking legacy, but she says she would like to continue for the love of her job and her customers.
"That's what I'm going to miss most," she said, "for however long it takes."