|CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Residents in eastern Illinois have raised more than $19,000 to help keep a Charleston coffee shop open.
The Times-Courier in Charleston and Mattoon Journal-Gazette report there was a fundraiser Wednesday night for Jackson Avenue Coffee in the home town of Eastern Illinois University. Both students and long-time residents pitched in to raise the money over five days.
The coffee shop's owner owes about $18,000 in back sales taxes to the state.
The coffee shop has work from local artists hanging on the walls and hosts evenings where musicians can take the stage.