Business Owner Reaches out to LR Community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In 1999, Fawzi Barakat started the men's store Fauzio's. 

The suit shop is in the heart of Southwest Little Rock.

Over the last few months, that area of the Capital City has seen its fair share of crime. 

"Well really I've seen it all," says Barakat.

Despite the crime, Barakat has a love for that area of the city.

"I really want to be part of the community. It's not just I want to make money, I want to make friends," he continues. "I don't care whether they are lawyers, doctors, or just students, or blue collar workers, you know, they are humans first of all."

Barakat has made a decision to give back.

"When you do good, you are going to harvest good," he explains.

In addition to donating money, Barakat says he also gives his time and even his products, by dressing teens who are a part of the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock.

"I like them to stay away from trouble, I know they are going to make mistakes, but we should give them chances," the businessman adds.

Barakat is also thinking about casting the teens in his locally famous commercials for Fauzio's.

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