By Request Extra: MA Shop Raising Money To Avoid Closure
StillPoint Comics in Fall River, Massachusetts, is trying to raise $5000 in order to keep their downtown location open. Apparently the store was shut down for 10 days recently after loss of power due to unpaid bills. It is not the most encouraging article in terms of the context provided -- it really does seem like the shop's basic survival is in serious question.
I believe that community is about 80-90K strong, so it is not an obscure outpost or anything, but all stores like that serve local markets in a way that their state has a drastic effect on things like the basic viability of a store serving them. The article also notes something that rarely gets mentioned, that stores like StillPoint provide a social function for patrons without a lot of regular money to spend.