As owners of Cupid Wedding & Portrait Studios at 151 W. Lincolnway, we were pleased when Valparaiso built the Central Park Plaza across the street from our location in 2011.
It was inconvenient when the city would occasionally close Lafayette Street for various special events, but at least it was done only once in a while and usually for only a few hours a day.
On May 29, we received an email from the VCFE (Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events) that starting on May 31 Lafayette Street between Lincolnway and Indiana Street was going to be closed until Sept. 9 -- the entire summer. Not even 48 hours notice.
Foot traffic to our store is down almost 90 percent since the closure.
We have been at our current location for just under four years. This arbitrary closure, with no consultation with the downtown businesses, angers us.
We hope the city and VCFE will re-open Lafayette Street on days that events are not planned.
- Lucy Jaime, owner, Cupid Wedding & Portrait Studios, Valparaiso