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Local Harvest Grocery will stay open, makes fundraising goal

   It looks like Local Harvest Grocery and its two cafe restaurants will stay in business, at least for now.  
   The owners tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they met their goal Saturday evening, raising the $120,000 they needed to pay off debts that had threatened to shutter the business.  Patrick Horine tells the paper that he and partner Maddie Earnest are "stunned," by their customer's support.  
   Last Monday the pair had appealed to customers on Facebook and Twitter, offering customers punch cards and gift certificates that would be redeemable over the next two years in order to cover debts left over by their failed venture in Kirkwood.  They needed the cash by February 7th.  Horine says they had it by 8 p.m. Saturday.
   Local Harvest focuses on working with farmers and vendors within 150-miles of St. Louis to sell and serve mostly organic, locally produced goods.
   After reaching their goal, the owners posted this to Facebook: "We, the owners and the Local Harvest staff, feel a deep responsibility to our community – even deeper than before – after this outpouring of support. We all understand how important our success is and we are going to come through for you, just like you have for us."
 

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