September 1, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDTLaurie McAllister, left, and Susan Murray discuss Murray's wedding invitations while they sip drinks Friday at The Cherry Street Artisan. Each owns 50 percent of the coffee shop and restaurant. McAllister and Murray have known each other for thirty years. "We just became family," said McAllister, a sentiment they extend to their coffee shop staff. "We want to provide a home away from home for our employees." McAllister became equal partners with Murray this year.
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