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Lexington Co-op, the movie

The story of how the Lexington Co-op changed over its 40-year history to meet the changing needs of its members makes it to the big screen Tuesday.

"Locally Grown," a 35-minute documentary by award-winning local filmmaker John Paget, airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Market Arcade Film and Art Centre, 639 Main St. (Tickets are $3 at the door or store.)

The film's first half tells the story of the grassroots food outlet, now at 807 Elmwood Ave. The second introduces people producing vegetables, fruit, beef and more that the store's customers rely on, said Tim Bartlett, general manager. One of most talked-about parts of movie, Bartlett said, comes when an owner talks about the $560,000 in unsecured loans owner-members gave the co-op to enable its move to Elmwood Avenue.

"They said, 'This is a great example for Buffalo. Don't wait for other people to come in and solve your problems for you. This is really the story of a community doing economic development and business development for themselves.' "

The film shows that while the co-op "looks like a grocery store," Bartlett said, "it's really a community coming together and being entrepreneurial."

-- Andrew Galarneau