"The Haitian people have decided life should go on, and we had to follow the example," said owner Richard Coles.
Slowly, steadily Haiti is struggling back to life. The textile industry, 84 percent of Haiti's exports, is leading the way, but there are other signs.
Across the city, work crews are removing collapsed buildings. Street markets are springing back. International relief agencies are beginning to hire Haitians for clean up and recovery. Haitian crews are helping Americans repair the port.
"The best part of it is, all this work that we've done down here has been through the Haitian contractors on the island that we get through the port," said Capt. William Reasoner.
Now early benefits of the new economy are beginning to flow, like pay day at the DKDR textile plant in Port-au-Prince, the first since the earthquake. Seamstress Millien Mie Macule lost several family members and her house in the quake.
She said through a translator she'll spend the money to get back on her feet. She feels lucky to have a job.
The fledgling recovery is a bit of good news rising from the horror that still defines Haiti. The overwhelming medical misery is now compounded byof critically injured Hatians to U.S. hospitals.
"The problem is that on a high level, the decision has been made to hold the military evacuations, which are life saving, and to not allow these patients to leave Haiti and have their lives saved," said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the University of Miami's Global Institute for Community Health and Development.
Until it's resolved, who foots the bill - the hospitals, the states or the federal government - severely injured Haitians will not receive the care they need.