MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD)– 5 different business owners reached out to the Count on 2 Investigators claiming they were taken advantage of after partnering with Castleton Marketplace in Mount Pleasant.
The store, which has since closed its doors on Johnnie Dodds, offered a brick and mortar location for artisans and vendors in the Southeast.
The store owner, Emily Floyd, was supposed to reimburse vendors following a sale but Nolan Kennedy and Lexie Nale say that didn’t always happen.
“They never once paid me on time. I had to constantly beg and ask for my money every single time,” said Nale.
Nale estimates Floyd owes her close to $40,000 of sales and missing merchandise. She says she has tried to contact her several times but has not heard back.
Nolan Kennedy shared similar complaints.
“As their business closed it just became increasingly more difficult for us to get ahold of them. Whether it was phone calls, text, emails, phone numbers turned off. We sent invoices,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy says he wants the problem addressed to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“It is hard to start a small business, and we work hard to keep our small business going and growing. They’ve taken a lot of money and taken advantage of a lot of people and that is just not fair.” said Kennedy.
Nale filed a police report with the Mount Pleasant Police Department, but the case was deemed civil and therefore not handled by the department.
Floyd also owned Delish! Bakery and Bistro in downtown Charleston. People we spoke with say she is now working on opening the same bakery in Myrtle Beach. We spoke with a former employee of that new location who says he was properly compensated for his work, but people who worked for him were not. He has also not been able to contact Floyd.
We called several numbers associated with Floyd multiple times and left messages. We also emailed Floyd in hopes of clearing the matter up. As of Thursday, we have not heard back.