MAPLEWOOD, MO ( KTVI) - Maplewood Book House owner Michelle Barron says after operating the book store for 30 years the store was force out of it's first location after a century old Rock Hill home was demolished for new development. Two years ago, Barron moved to the 7352 Manchester Road in Downtown Maplewood to start a new location. " We had to borrow quite a bit of money to get here. The new location had been vacant for 20 years," said Barron.
Now Barron says the book store has struggled paying back debt as result of the move. "We are on a crunch because we are behind on some things, all those thing hit at one time," said Barron. Residents says the book store has been great for the community , but with a higher rent and taxes , the book store is in a huge bind and they are hoping they do not lose what took so long to create.
Now some kids who live in Maplewood and Richmond Heights are taking matters in their own hands and has launched a major fund-raising campaign with hopes their lemonade stand will save the day and be an inspiration for other to donate. "We all love books and it's a community business we must save. So many people have put so much effort in to this business and over 30 years in two different locations . I don't think they should close down just because they don't have enough money in one month," said Jacob Cummings.
The Maplewood Book Store has raised $2,000 and must reach its goal of $10,000 by the end of June to stay open.
Kids from the neighborhood will host a fundraiser called "The Lemon-Aid for the Book House" , Thursday, May 28 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the corner of Sutton and Zephyr in Maplewood.
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