Firestorm Cafe & Books

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Firestorm Cafe & Books is a worker-owned and self-managed "anti-capitalist business"[1][2] located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Named after the Earth Crisis song, this infoshop operates with an eye on creating a sustainable, radical community event space.[3] Firestorm Cafe & Books features a coffee bar, vegan food, free wireless internet, an extensive stock of books, and regular events (such as film screenings, political and economic teach-ins, local and traveling musicians and community workshops).

Firestorm Cafe & Books opened in May, 2008, spearheaded by Co-Creators Libertie Valance and Neala Byrne (aka Kila Donovan).[4][5] Since opening, Firestorm has hosted economist Thomas Greco,[6] gay activist Wayne Besen,[7] the Beehive Collective, environmental scholar Kirkpatrick Sale,[8] and benefits for the animal rights group Mercy for Animals.[9]

In May 2010, Firestorm Cafe & Books was named the "#2 Best Slow Money Business in America" by the Slow Money Alliance.[10] In December 2011, Firestorm was featured in a list of the "10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across the US" surveyed by Zagat, a U.S. publisher of popular restaurant guides.[11]

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Firestorm Cafe & Books is owned and operated by the Firestorm Collective, a cooperative body that uses formal consensus decision-making, working groups and management teams to equitably distribute labor and responsibility.[12] In keeping with its identity as an "anti-capitalist business," Firestorm is committed to operation without profit, returning 100% of would-be profits to the community.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". FirestormCafe.com. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ Kate (2008-11-10). "Store Profile: Firestorm Cafe". AKPress.org. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  3. ^ Kate
  4. ^ http://www.firestorm.coop/history.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Room with a viewpoint | Asheville News | Mountain Xpress". Mountainx.com. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ David Forbes (2009-09-23). "Asheville Currency project seeks alternative money". mountainx.com. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Local gay advocates slam Exodus conference message | citizen-times.com | Asheville Citizen-Times". citizen-times.com. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  8. ^ Maryellen Lo Bosco (2010-04-07). "Kirkpatrick Sale on the secession of "Katuah"". mountainx.com. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Animals Rights Events in North Carolina". Mercy For Animals. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  10. ^ Our Favorite Slow Money Business
  11. ^ Zagat (2011-12-27). "The 10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across The U.S.". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  12. ^ "http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20080601102547609"
  13. ^ Members of Firestorm Cafe & Books (2010-05-12). "Sound-bite vandalism". mountainx.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 

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