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      Natural food, art co-op opens in Ishpeming

      Downtown Ishpeming is getting greener.

      Saturday, friends and family came out to celebrate the opening of Rare Earth Goods, a natural food store and art co-op.

      The store, located on East Division Street, was built with the help of a grant from the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority.

      Rare Earth Goods features all organic foods, a live music venue, and a collection of art pieces from artists around the area.

      "If you're an artist, I know you love selling your stuff," said Pam Perkins, owner of Rare Earth Goods. "I'm here to help the artists and help people eat healthier or better foods without having to drive all over the place to find them."

      The building also features classroom space for crafters and musicians to teach classes.

      The owners plan on expanding the grocery section and add locally grown produce.