EUGENE, Ore. - A South Eugene bookstore will stay in business after raising enough money to keep up with rising rent prices.
Tsunami Books raised a total of $330,000 from a local crowdfunding campaign, which is enough for them to sign a new 10-year lease.
Just last week, the bookstore was about $100,000 short of reaching their original goal of $302,000, but in just a few days they were able to raise the amount needed to secure a new lease.
The community rallied together, with close to 1,000 people donating to the cause.
Owner, Scott Landfield said he was overjoyed and humbled by this experience.
"Just thank you to the community for being what it is. There is a reason many of us come to Eugene, Oregon and this is one of them," Landfield said.
Community members who frequented the bookstore were also excited that it was going to stay in business.
"We were just coming in today happy to see that they made it, and hopefully that will solve the problem," said Nadya Henry, a customer at the store.
Landfield said he has plans to expand the bookstore in the future.
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