It was in complete shock that I received the news today as I left my volunteer shift at PetSmart. Our dear Borders and favorite meeting spot will be closing its doors soon.
This is truly heart-breaking news, since Borders is not only my favorite hang out, but actually where it all began. Due to its comfortable and pleasing atmosphere, plus its central a convenient location, not to mention the yummy coffee and cookies, the Crazy Crochet Ladies group was born right here, in this (not always) quiet little cafe.
It is with sorrow in our hearts that we will say goodbye to this wonderful store with great staff and lovely ambiance.
Even before we became friends and then a group, I used to go to Borders on my own, grab some books I might be interested in purchasing, a nice cup of coffee, and just sit there, browsing the books and/or magazines, and deciding which ones I was going to take home and which ones didn’t quite make it.
Even more painful will be to have to say goodbye to Seattle’s Best Coffee, my very favorite! I still lived in Seattle when Starbucks purchased them and I was devastated at the thought that they might just no longer exist. But they were still around and I was grateful to Starbucks, whose coffee I hate, for keeping the brand active. Then, I moved to the East Coast and was, again, devastated because I thought I wouldn’t be able to find them here. The first nice surprise was finding out that Safeway carried their coffee. Yay! And one day I walked into a Borders store and there it was, in all its splendor, a Seattle’s Best cafe.
Upon moving to DE, I made it a point to meet with the realtor who was going to show me homes at this Borders store, I had to make sure there was one here and that I knew where it was! From being new in this state and going there just to be out somewhere reading and sipping coffee to the fun Crazy Crochet Ladies’ meetings, Borders has been one of my favorite spots for years. And it will be a while before I get over the loss…
Sure, there is a Barnes & Noble nearby. I could go there, drink (yuk!) Starbucks coffee, go through hell trying to park and dealing with the mall crowd, and all that stuff that goes with (yikes!) mall life. But, do I want to? No, not really. I guess if I’m going to have yucky coffee, I might as well make the meetings at the Starbucks cafe inside Safeway. It’s quiet, parking is easy, and I can grab my groceries before I head home.
Sorry, had to vent!