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Customers bemoan closing of New Tampa coffeehouse

TAMPA PALMS On Tuesday morning, Jeanie Nordstrom and Connie Davis thumbed through the greeting card racks at the Coffee Beanery Café one last time. The longtime friends were collecting last-minute items before the coffeehouse closed for good, ending a nearly 10-year run as an original tenant at The Pointe at Tampa Palms plaza. “I have been sad all morning,” Nordstrom said. “We love this place. We love Colan. He makes special (coffee) drinks. He knows how to make them just right.” Several hours later, store manager Colan Hays and his employee locked the door at 17032 Palm Pointe Drive and walked away to pursue new careers.
The Coffee Beanery Café was the second business to close at the shopping plaza this week. The World of Beer pub, located a few storefronts down, wrapped up a farewell celebration on Sunday. The pub’s co-owner Philippe Theodore said last week he was shutting down the World of Beer because his company could not reach a new lease agreement with shopping center representatives. Theodore said the proposed lease “wasn’t the right fit,” and it “wasn’t commensurate with today’s economic conditions.” Hays described the Coffee Beanery’s closing as a business decision made by the store’s owner, who could not be reached for comment. A representative from The Pointe at Tampa Palms declined comment about both departing businesses. No new tenants have been named to fill the spaces vacated by the World of Beer and Coffee Beanery. The Pointe plaza opened in 2003 on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard just south of the junction to Interstate 75. The Coffee Beanery was one of the first businesses to lease space in the strip center. It had been a tenant since September 2003. The center remains home to a Japanese restaurant, real estate office and a nail salon and spa. Businesses such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Stonewood Tavern & Grill, McDonald’s and 7-Eleven occupy freestanding buildings fronting the retail strip. Nordstrom and Davis were caught off-guard by the closings. They stopped by the coffeehouse on Tuesday to see if rumors about its demise were true. Nordstrom, a retired teacher, recently moved to Land O Lakes but continued to make the drive to Tampa Palms to visit the coffeehouse. “We lived here for 15 years,” Nordstrom said. “I have been a faithful customer. I am very sad.” Davis, a Freedom High PTA volunteer, has happy memories from the café. “We had many PTA meetings in this room,” Davis said. “My Bible studies group would come here for coffee. “This (was) such a nice neighborhood place. We just don’t have enough of those. It was nice to have a place to come and hang out.”

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