ATWATER VILLAGE — The owner of Atwater Village Farm, which specializes in locally grown and made foods, will be closing the store later this month as she battles cancer.
Piper Goldstein announced the upcoming closure on her store’s blog this weekend, saying all remaining merchandise will be 30% off until the store closes on Dec. 16.
“Due to my battle with cancer and the slowing economy, I just can’t keep it up,” Goldstein said in an email to The Eastsider. “The staff had done an amazing job keeping it all going and the neighborhood has been so supportive … But the realities of keeping it going as the sole owner has been too much pressure while I battle cancer.”
Goldstein, who has been undergoing chemotherapy for several months, opened Atwater Village Farm in 2011 as new shops and restaurants began to pop up along Glendale Boulevard. She turned to Kickstarter to raise the necessary money to open the corner market.
This past summer, Goldstein and her supporters also turned to crowd funding to raise money for her and the store while she underwent cancer treatment. Nearly $20,000 had been raised on her GoFundMe.com.
Despite her health problems, Goldstein says “I am a lucky woman to have had this experience.”