EUGENE, ORE. – A Eugene bookstore is living out its final days raising money in order to save their business.
Tsunami Books, located in South Eugene, has until Jan. 15 to raise $302,000 to stay afloat and keep up with rising rent prices.
When the owner of Tsunami Books, Scott Landfield, found out rent would be doubling from $50,000 to more than $100,000 over a year ago, he started a crowdfunding campaign.
With the support of the community fighting to keep the business alive, the bookstore has raised $200,000. But they are still falling short of their overall goal.
Landfield said the community has come together to donate and loan money to the store. He said children as young as 6-years-old were donating what they could. He continued by saying he was honored to be part of a community willing to help.
“Thank you very much, thank you very much for being a part of this and making [the bookstore] worthwhile even though it mostly has not paid money,” Landfield said.
The bookstore has been in business for 22 years. Since they cannot afford to relocate, the store will close indefinitely if the money is not raised before Jan. 15.