If you never visited this local establishment, then you missed something special.
Today was a very sad day indeed. My husband and I have been regulars at Intermission Coffee House since it opened about 2 1/2 years ago. It is owned by young couple with three children trying to make a go of it. The coffee is excellent! The atmosphere is relaxing and we have met some very nice people there.
But it seems that Saskatchewanites would rather support Tim Horton.
We both arrived at our usual coffee spot at 7:30 am this morning to find it papered up and closed - permanently.
I wanted to cry. Partly because it is a great place, but mostly because Intermission House didn't make it and that is such a terrible shame!
Personally, we are willing to pay a little more for good coffee in a nice atmosphere. In Victoria (and many other cities we have visited especially on the west coast) there are little coffee houses on every corner - people slow down, they chat, they get to know one another over a cuppa coffee. It is a little bit of community - a community of assorted people chatting about the weather, the RoughRiders or politics.... over a coffee and cinnamon bun. Even for 5 min on the way to work - people talk to one another.
But in Saskatchewan we just want to line up, never say a word to the person in front of us or behind us, better yet go thru the drive thru and avoid all conversation and get cheap coffee.
I am not complaining about Tim's coffee - I like it - it is just that I would rather support a young family with my purchase and somehow I don't think Mr Horton is struggling to put a meal on his table.
And I like the community atmosphere in a small family owned cafe.
So we buy our coffee at the little cafe, our meats at Summet meats (sole ownership) and in summer we enjoy the farmers market. If we ate more bread we would buy Jim Downey's bread on Central Ave. And occasionally we do. For us, it is about meeting people in our community - and supporting one another and not some unknown wealthy entity.
So I am sad, very sad, that my favorite coffee shop is closed. I am sad that even though Rob worked 11 hr a days, 6 days a week for the last 2 1/2 years, roasting the finest coffee I have had, he just couldn't make it. It just doesn't seem right. It isn't right.
So here it is... my last photo of Intermission coffee house.
Wishing you all the best and the Lord's blessing on whatever path you take from here, Rob.
Going to miss my vanilla bean decaf and the African Fog.
Going to miss sitting in those comfy chairs with my sweetheart on a Saturday morning sharing one of your scrumptious cinnamon buns.
We are going to miss you and all your great customers.