My Friend Owned The Coffee Shop

Posted by idawrites on May 5, 2008 in Business, Decisions |

Back in March, I wrote a post about my friend who owns the Mom & Pop coffee shop in our town. It’s a fabulous coffee shop and the owner has done a great job turning it into a place we love go to. We’re going to miss her. Mark and I stopped in to get coffee and bagels this morning and the owner told us that she’d be closing her doors by the end of the month.

This little coffee shop has held on for far longer than Mark and I thought it would. It opened in a new shopping center about 2 years ago, when there was nothing else on that stretch of road. Last year, a McDonald’s and a Starbucks went in side-by-side across the street from the shopping center. Both the McDonald’s and Starbucks are on the right hand side of the road during morning rush hour, and when given the opportunity to get coffee from a drive-thru without crossing the street instead of driving into the shopping center, getting out of the car, and going into the shop, it’s easy to see why her business dropped off so much.

I guess the old saying is true: Location is Everything! No matter how great her product was, or her personality, or how comfy her chairs… sometimes it’s all about the location.


  • Megan says:

    thanks for stopping by the blog today! hope you’ll update me on the tax savings from your 4 boxes of goods to donate.

  • Notes From The Frugal Trenches says:

    That is so very very sad. Have you heard of the documentary America Unchained? It’s done by a British documentary film maker, basically trying to spend 3 months in the US only using Mom and Pop shops.
    Thanks for stopping by & commenting on the blog!

  • Momma says:

    @megan I look forward to being able to share good things! I’m still gathering. WHEW we have a lot of junk.

    @ notes from the frugal trenches – I haven’t heard of it but I love the concept! I’ll have to give it a whirl.

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