The persistent downturn in the economy has taken the steam out of Solid Grounds Coffee House, a Main Street Louisa business that has fought to survive in recent years. The business was forced to close on Thursday, July 18 when it was evicted by the building’s landlord after falling significantly behind on lease payments.
“In my prior lifetime, I worked many challenging and complex jobs, but owning and operating a coffee shop/restaurant has proven to be perhaps the largest challenge of all,” wrote Ray Minter, coffee house owner, in an e-mail on Tuesday. “It’s been at times very rewarding. It’s been a pleasure to bring a special sort of atmosphere and product to downtown Louisa.It’s disappointing to see this era end.”
When Minter purchased Solid Grounds from former owner Meredith Simms in 2009, the coffee house became the local gathering spot for quick business meetings, a quiet and relaxing place to connect to the Internet or a spot to catch up with friends, colleagues and neighbors.
Despite the fact that the business had a loyal following, it just wasn’t enough to bolster the flagging coffee shop.
To read the entire story, see the July 25 edition of The Central Virginian.