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February 20, 2014

Walk-In will help Moose Exchange tenants get back up

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Live music will be performed from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a $5 cover charge for music only.

Kile had lost his Orangeville restaurant, Creekside, last year. Since then, he had set up Kreekside II in the Moose Exchange but lost much of his cooking equipment in the fire.

The last four ArtWalk-Ins have had an average of about 400 people attending, with the first being considerably larger since it coincided with the opening of the Moose Exchange in early 2010. There were about 600 to 800 people through the building that night, Helbok said. “The energy in the building was just tremendous.”

The board of the Moose Exchange is determined to reopen it and community support has shown it is still a valued part of Bloomsburg’s downtown.

“We have every intention of coming out the end of it with a better building than what we had before and it will support the activities that had been going on up until now,” Helbok said.

One of his former tenants, Legendary Comics and Tea Room, has already taken steps towards finding a new storefront while the Exchange rebuilds. The store currently has it own fundraiser up on the website Indiegogo, where it is looking for $5,000 in donations to help them reopen. The donation page can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fire-destroyed-comic-store-we-will-rise-from-the-ashes.

“I give them a lot of credit for not folding, but deciding … that they will get past it and keep going,” Helbok said.

 

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