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Neighborhood Grocer Rebuilds After Fire

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The owners of a grocery store ravaged by a fire say they hope to reopen by Nov. 1 after an outpouring of support from their neighbors.

Jessica Goldberg and Erin Wright opened Little House Green Grocery on Bellevue Avenue in 2012 with a focus on local vendors. Wright says she got a call the night of Sept. 8 that the store was on fire.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Wright says. “It was out by the time I got there.”

Wright says fire officials suspect the fire was human-caused but are still investigating. She and Goldberg have gotten to work on roof and other repairs. She says she’s unsure how much it will cost to undo the damage.

“There’s the repair to the building, and then there’s inventory we lost,” she says. “I don’t even know how to quantify the loss of business.”

The North Side community has rallied behind the duo. Among the initiatives launched last week was a fundraising night at Sub Rosa, a poster printed by Studio Two Three and a crowdfunding page that has raised nearly $5,000.

“It’s been a tremendous thing to realize that our community really is there for us,” Goldberg says. “It’s been overwhelming.”

Wright says the re-opening date is a worst-case scenario, and that she hopes to see the store open sooner. While she says she’s frustrated by the setback, she says it’s that support that’s “helped her put one foot in front of the other.”

“We can’t dwell on it,” Goldberg adds. “We have to focus on rebuilding.”

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