Tipp City fundraises for businesses struck by fire

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TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) – Downtown Tipp City businesses are raising funds and offering help to Living Simply Soap and Rusty Harden’s Studio after they were shut down after a fire on Tuesday, Feb. 26. 

“Nobody got hurt, so you deal with the emotions in the stream of it all,” Harden said. “It’s a small community so we rally around each other. They’ve given a lot of emotional support and that’s a big deal. That’s so much for us.”

Justin Livingston of Scratch Bakery started a GoFundMe page for Living Simply Soap and began donating tips and 10 percent of its profits this week to the business.

He also talked to other businesses about putting donations jars in place by their registers. 

Livingston said efforts had raised $1,200 after one day.

“They’re familiy and friends and I’ve known them for years,” Livingston said. “They’re phenomenal people. We aren’t blood related, but we’re close.”

Harrison’s Restaurant and Grounds for Pleasure offered food to workers and owners. Harden said Airway Construction had sealed oxygen out of one of her backrooms in order to help remove moisture from paintings and art that were affected during the fire. 

Birch’s, a downtown clothing store, put a notice on its Facebook page that it was creating a one-off t-shirt with all proceeds donated to Living Simply Soap. Birch’s received seven orders for the shirts within the first 15 minutes the store was open. 

Several businesses will also sell bubble vases with flower decorations. Bubble vases were a popular item at Living Simply Soap. All proceeds from those sales will also go to the Brown family. 

Brown, whose mother owns the soap store, said they expected to be closed for a couple months. He said making the soap would be a time-consuming process, with the soap needing that amount of time to cure. Rusty Harden’s Studio hopes to re-open by the end of next week.

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