An early entry in this blog started against the backdrop of coffee with a friend. And that coffee with a friend was enjoyed against the backdrop of Perk Place, a small, personable coffee house and bistro in Hapeville, Ga. I’m saddened that, come two weeks from now, the establishment will be no more.

A casualty amid today’s climate of economic hardship? Perhaps. What’s more noteworthy is not just that “another business closed,” but a businessperson will be without her business—and income—for the first time in 20 years. 20 years of providing for her family. 20 years of employing citizens in her community.

My old colleague and I will certainly miss our haunt, where we sated our caffeine addictions and our shared ideas about quality writing and communication
in a world hell-bent toward the contrary. But in a business closing, I have to think about the owner and not just me. I mean, sure, despite it being the only place to drink a decent cup of Java in the area, we’ll find somewhere else. But closing a business is far more impactful than the minor convenience I’m facing.

Who’s to blame? I won’t dive into that, partially because I believe we’re shapers of our own destiny to a great extent. (I would’ve picked the red pill, too.) But the owner said business started to dry up when the news started the proverbial doom and gloom about the economy. Notably, quit buying that morning coffee.

Rather than rant about the economic situation, I’d like to offer the suggestion: Buy that cup of coffee, preferably at a non-chain shop.