Vaughn and LaKen Duckworth, owners of the recently opened Dream Weaver coffee shop and book store on Main Street, told the DCI on Friday, Oct. 11, that it would be their last day in business.
"We are closing today," confirmed LaKen Duckworth who, along with her husband, Vaughn, opened the business last May.
On Saturday, a small note taped to the inside door window of the business didn't announce the business closing, but said, "Thank you dear friends, for your kindness, generosity and support of our endeavor of Dream Weaver Books and Coffee."
Dream Weaver is the second new commercial enterprise on Main Street to fail this year for reasons related directly to business disruptions created by the street reconstruction project.
"They promised us it would be finished by AppleFest. And they said that one lane of traffic would be left open during the entire project. The whole street has been closed now for three and a half weeks," Vaughn observed.
Vaughn and LaKen sought to make their business dream a center for downtown socializing. They put time and effort into special events to draw people downtown, and they helped support activities of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
But in the end, it wasn't enough to keep Dream Weaver open. "We did not know this (street project) was going to happen when we opened," Vaughn said. Staying open for another year would only mean facing more Main Street business disruption next summer when the town's "enhancement project" reconfigures the intersection at Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65), Vaughn noted.
Owners of the Wagon Wheel Cafe, which opened in April at the other end of Main Street, said they also shuttered their business because of inability to weather the downturn from street construction disruptions. They also said that the project's start came as a surprise to them.
Personal losses have reached far into the five-figure range, owners confided.
The town government has placed some sandwich board signage around the downtown area intended to direct business traffic to parking near the Community Center. The effort has not helped, Vaughn said.
"Someday, it will be nice, for someone," Vaughn reflected as he stood inside the coffee shop and looked out on the unfinished construction project.blog comments powered by Disqus