How a coffee shop is trying to stay alive as Starbucks closes in the neighborhood
A coffee shop near the Capitol has become a haven for a group of people whose daily lives are dominated by politics, poverty and the loss of their homes.
In the days after Starbucks shut its doors, the Cafe Cafe in the heart of Capitol Hill was a gathering place for a community that had long been a magnet for the people who make up its membership.
For more than a decade, the neighborhood has been home to the Coffee Club, a local coffeehouse that started as a group home for young homeless men.
The owners say they are grateful to the city for providing shelter and services to the homeless, who they believe are a key part of the community.
But as the company closes its doors and more than 50 people who have been at the Cafe for decades are slated to move, the cafe is starting to feel like a ghost town.
Coffee Club founder Brian Gee said the cafe was a place where people were free to talk and to meet and be heard.
We were a beacon of hope and light, and people would come in and say hello, he said.
Now it’s a ghost.
It was a neighborhood where you could go into a coffee house, sit down and relax, he told The Washington Times, “and it was like a small town, with its own community.
People were there to socialize and have a good time.
That’s what the Coffee club was all about.”
After Starbucks announced its plans to close its doors on Jan. 1, many of the residents of the neighborhood rallied in support of the local business.
The cafe is still open, but it will be open only for business during the first three months of 2019.
Gee and the cafe’s owners are hopeful that the closing will force some of the people the Cafe helped out of their lives.
“We’re going to try to get some people back in their lives,” Gee told The Times.
“The people who came through and are staying are the people that we worked with and helped.
The people that stayed in our community are the ones we love.”