As the FBI and NYPD continued to sift through a SoHo basement this weekend for any evidence in the disappearance of Etan Patz, their presence spilled over into area businesses. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
The investigation into the disappearance of Etan Patz has crippled a family for more than 30 years. And for the past few days it's also taking its toll on some of the premiere stores of SoHo, like Camper.
"Traffic is almost nonexistent. Most people that come by just want to stand by and take pictures. So it's definitely hurt our numbers," said Camper Supervisor Kevin Aranzales. "The whole week we haven't been able to hit budget. It's very tragic for the family but it's definitely affecting business. Not just us but pretty much everybody in the area."
Since thursday, the NYPD and FBI have been excavating a basement at 127 Prince Street -- the former work space of Othneil Miller, who was a handyman in the area the last time Etan Patz was seen in 1979.
Police have blocked off the street, leaving SoHo shoppers looking elsewhere for their designer wears.
While business is down as much as 20 percent for nearby high-end stores, some realize the price they pay doesn't compare to what the Patz's have.
"The parents still live in the area and I think it's great they are trying to do something for them. As much as it's not helping our business, I have no problems with it," said Cole Haan Manager Peter Mugavero.
Officials estimate about eight businesses have had to shutter their doors on Prince Street because of the investigation. And while most in the surrounding area have lost business, a few are in the black like Olive's coffee and sandwich shop.
"Business went up a bit: Agents, NYPD and tourists all seeing what's happening. So it's been good for us unfortunately," said Olive's Manager Angel Rodriguez.
The investigation was expected to pick up again on Monday, meaning businesses will likely see more of the FBI than trend setters.