Wild Fig beats its rent deadline, but the battle isn’t over


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One of Lexington’s unique stores, Wild Fig Books and Coffee, is known to many as more of a community center.

For about a year it has struggled to make rent.

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In October, loyal customers bought it out from the previous owners, when it was going out of business.

And the struggle continues.

This month it was given a seven day notice to pay up what it owes or it could be evicted.

On Tuesday, less than eight hours until the deadline, it came up with the donations, with a little help.

The Highland Center in Tennessee was able to match donations the store already collected.

April Taylor, a co-owner of Wild Fig, said The Highland Center’s contribution was a sign she needed to keep working hard for the fig.

“Because of the history of The Highlander Center and how central it’s been to organizing generations of people in the South,” April Taylor, co-owner of Wild Fig. “For me that was the ancestors, the universe, the Divine, whatever you want to call it, saying ‘hey we’ve got your back.'”

With the money match, the fig was able to pay its bill.

Vishuddha Muwaga said it will take a lot more than struggling to make rent to get Wild Fig to leave.

“It’s going to be a fight, but it doesn’t matter what happens next,” she said. “We’re going to be fine, the fig isn’t going anywhere.”

If the fig does decide it’s time to move, Taylor and Muwaga say it will be on the terms of Wild Fig.

Taylor said she is looking into options that will help with financial stability, including a more affordable location.

Until then, she said it’s moment to breathe.


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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com