Via Cappuccino owner John Fatheree, left, shares a laugh with Tony Leonard, manager of RedPhish Music, as he stops in for a coffee Friday at the coffee house.

Telegram photo / Alan Campbell

Via Cappuccino owner John Fatheree, left, shares a laugh with Tony Leonard, manager of RedPhish Music, as he stops in for a coffee Friday at the coffee house.

Popular coffee shop to close

By John Henderson

Staff Writer

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A popular coffee shop in Rocky Mount where people have met and mingled for years is closing its doors at the end of the business day on Dec. 13.

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Good Luck:)

You guys will be missed!! Good luck on your new adventure. May God grace you with safety and financial blessing:).

Good Luck:)

You buys will be missed!! Good luck on your new adventure. May God grace you with safety and financial blessing:).

Closing

The best of wishes in your new chapter in life. Sounds wonderful to be able to do this.

Closing

The best of wishes in your new chapter in life. Sounds wonderful to be able to do this.

Small Business

I agree with the remarks in the article about the poor economy in Rocky Mount. In order to spend between 3-6 dollars on a coffee drink you need disposable income. With a high unemployment rate people are not as likely to frequent coffee shops on a regular basis. There is also competition from chains such as Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Crème, and the Target Starbucks. Even with a stronger economy, I am not sure Rocky Mount is the best place for an independent coffee shop. There have been a number of articles in the Rocky Mount Telegram this year mentioning the virtues of small business. There have been articles about NC Wesleyan's plan for a small business program. This article should be required reading for anyone planning to open their own business.

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