The Coffee Corner was lively last week as patrons visited it for the last time.
The shop, which opened in 2004, closed April 30. Owner Louise Rowland said it is time to retire, relax and travel.
The coffee shop had become home to a small group who came every morning to share the latest news, jokes, gossip and enjoy each other’s company. The coffee was an added perk.
“It is a home away from home for about a dozen of us,” said Frank Berry.
Berry said he’s been coming to the Coffee Corner since it opened and that the owner’s late husband, Harry, had given him his first job. Norm Walker piped in and said Berry’s first job was on Noah’s Ark. The two went back and forth with jokes and others said that’s why they came to the coffee shop- to get their morning entertainment.
In a speech Walker had prepared for the farewell party, he said that Louise has made each regular feel special. She also kept them informed on what people were doing, who was sick, who was on vacation and held special occasion parties at the shop.
Ninety-year-old Beverly Funderburg said she started coming to the coffee shop to have something to do.
“I didn’t come just for a cup of coffee,” she said.
Funderburg said she used to get out of bed, have breakfast and go back to bed. The coffee shop got her out of that routine and gave her a place to go and enjoy socializing.
“Some days I would stay through lunch, especially on Tuesdays, and watch them play Dominoes,” she said.
And the days she didn’t make it, Louise would call and check on her.
“I’m going to miss it,” she said.
The group isn’t going to let the business closing tear apart the camaraderie that has formed through the years. Most of them are planning to hang out at Al’s Family Restaurant.
The Coffee Shop, at 300 West Ave., is now for sale listed at $129,900 for sale by owner. It includes an apartment with a shop in the front, where Louise had lived while she owned the business.
“It is a good business opportunity for someone who wants to have a business and live there, too,” Louise said.