My favorite store of the summer, the most reliable place to find local, high-quality food, is closed. It was an experiment of the utmost honor and good intention that
just didn't have the start-up equation solved. The employees and volunteers, many of whom I got to know well over the summer, put a tremendous amount of time and effort into ATL, and I feel for them. A crowd fundraising effort on YouCaring has been set up to raise money for vendors who have lost money by the closure.
ATL was an intense and educational experience for the administrators, members, vendors, and community at large. We have learned a
lot from the challenges and shortcomings of a business like ATL, and hopefully another local market store will open soon better poised to deal with the issues.