Local coffee shop closing, community fundraising to save it

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s one of less than 50 African-American owned coffee shops in the country, and the only one in Kentucky, but now Wild Fig Books and Coffee is in danger of closing.

Ronald Davis and Crystal Wilkinson opened Wild Fig in 2015 as a place inclusive to all. Now, the shop could be facing its last days. It is set to close September 30.

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April Taylor has been a regular customer at the coffee shop since it opened, and says it has been a place of formation and growth in her life. She says Wild Fig is a place she could always find the support she needed. That’s why, when she heard the shop would be closing, she stepped in.

Taylor is working with a group of people to raise $25 thousand to buy Wild Fig. It would be run as a workers’ cooperative, where employees each own a share of the business.

Whether the full amount is raised or not, the money will still be put to good use. Taylor says if they don’t come up with the amount needed to purchase the business, the money will still be given to Davis and Wilkinson as a ‘thank you’ for serving the community so well over the past three years.

Davis says having so many people working to save the Wild Fig lets him know that he and Wilkinson did something right. Now, he is excited for what may come next, whether that’s the rebirth of the Wild Fig, or something else.

A patio party will be held at the Wild Fig on Wednesday, September 18 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To donate, or for more information about the effort to save Wild Fig Books and Coffee, click here.