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Local tea and herb shop holds concert fundraiser for COMEA Shelter

Customers sip on beverages and listen to music Saturday at The Hawthorn Tree in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Cheyenne beverage and apothecary shop raised $500 during its Dry January fundraiser event featuring live performances from two musicians on Saturday.

The Hawthorn Tree hosted a live music event at its shop on 17th Street with local rock and country folk musicians Mason McTell and Ocean Plains playing live. All sales and money donated to the musicians will be given to the COMEA Shelter, which provides emergency shelter and transitional living arrangements to Cheyenne residents.

“We’ve had such a great turnout,” store owner Susan Allen said. “It’s been amazing.” She told Cap City News that a few hundred people had stopped by the store during the fundraiser.

Allen and store employees, known as “tearistas,” were selling three special mocktails as part of the event: a Juniper Tonic, a Cranberry Orange Spritzer and an Adaptogenic White Russian.

An Adaptogenic White Russian. (Photo courtesy of Susan Allen)

Allen told Cap City News that donations from the public, as well as from McTell and Ocean Plains, helped the apothecary business reach its goal of raising $500.

Tearista Ciera Hall prepares a chai and mushroom coffee Saturday at The Hawthorn Tree in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Mason McTell performs Saturday at The Hawthorn Tree in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Ocean Plains sings and plays the guitar Saturday at The Hawthorn Tree in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Donated money sits inside a guitar case Saturday at The Hawthorn Tree in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

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