February 12th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NATALIE BAKER News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Business

Muddy Waters Coffee House is Closing (UPDATED)


Last month, we wrote that Muddy Waters Coffee House was trying to raise $10,000 to stay afloat. Unfortunately, that goal turned out to be more out of reach than anticipated — the $6000 that was raised was only enough to pay off vendors and stay in business for a few weeks. Yesterday the community coffee shop announced it will be closing its doors at month's end.

But Brian Hardie, a member of the group's collective, explains in an email that good things have come out of misfortune.

"A venue called the Flip Side, which will be used for a recording studio and community workshop space as well as a performing arts center, has been constructed behind the coffee shop in which we will still be running," he stated in an e-mail. The arts collective already has a sufficient schedule of events booked for upcoming months, along with plans for community workshops and performances. Hardie also points out that rent for the venue will be significantly cheaper and consequently more financially sustainable than that of the coffee shop.

We've got a call in to Hardie to learn more, including whether donors to the original fund-raising effort can get their money back. To learn more about the new venture in the meantime, visit the Muddy Waters web site.
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