Larry told me several months ago they were going to sell the building. Obviously, I knew that meant that Coffee Mug n' More would eventually close.
In my true avoidance fashion, I felt sure if I pretended it wasn't going to happen, it simply wouldn't.
But, it is.
This edition of the paper contains their "Going Out of Business" ad, and that is something I truly hate to see. Not for Larry and Alison... for them, I have only complete respect and understanding.
No, I hate to see it because the Coffee Mug had become such an accepted part of the square.
Kids would land there after school and sip drinks and talk about their friends. I attended meetings of the Habitat for Humanity board there, happy that we could run down for a coffee refill. Peanut and Rosemary's rehearsal dinner was there, and the out of town guests loved sitting at the tables and gazing at the courthouse lawn.
Larry had explained that he made a mistake of actually putting pencil to paper one day and looking at their actual numbers. At the end of the day, they were paying their bills; but, they weren't moving forward. The profit margin was so thin, and the customer base so limited, there would never be much more profit than what they were already making. It was time to look at other options.
I already know that there will still be a place to get my coffee and sweet rolls. I also know that getting my bulk coffee will still be possible.
What won't be possible are the conversations Larry and I had in the mornings. Sometimes about music. Sometimes about movies. Sometimes about politics. Every conversation provided entertainment and insight. On rare occasions, Alison would pop in and deliver a smiling one-liner that stopped both Larry and I in our tracks, then she would be back up the stairs and out the back door, leaving us to wonder just what she had meant.
They have a beautiful little apartment directly over the store that is one of the most unique living spaces in Mason. It harkens back to Mason's early days when many folks lived above their stores and shops, just a few steps away should any customers need something outside of normal hours.
Of course, their apartment is truly reflective of their personalities, with great design elements, lots of references to movies and music, and a space perfectly attuned to a young couple.
But, back to my point.
As of June 5th, the Coffee Mug will close its doors. No more stops in the morning on the north side of the square. They were my first delivery on Wednesday mornings so that I could have coffee as I finished the tasks of getting the paper out on the street and to the post office. My dog, Dozer, is not going to understand why we haven't done our u-turn before heading to the office.
I'm not at all good at saying goodbye, so instead, I say "Thank you!"
Thank you for fun times. Thanks for unique calendars. Thanks for hosting events that brought the community together. Thank you for having chosen Mason as the place for you and Alison to start your life together. And, thank you for your friendship.
God will smile on whatever you choose to do!
It’s all just my opinion.