Earlier this week, I discovered that one of my favorite local haunts closed its doors for good. Java Divine Cafe in Holly Springs was a soul-warming outpost for coffee lovers, gelato enthusiasts and those who enjoyed having a cool "third place" to hang out, read a book or visit with a friend.
I can't tell you how much I'll miss the specialty chicken salad with walnut gorgonzola. Man, that was one divine salad for sure. Never mind the amazing house-made gelato. Where do I go now to find this wonderful Italian treat? Sigh.
It's tough to find words to express my disappointment and sadness over losing Java Divine, a fine independent establishment owned by hard-working local people. I must confess I'm also somewhat angry at the residents of Holly Springs and the surrounding area for not doing more to support this great place.
In these days when so many people flock to Starbucks or --heaven forbid--McCafe (give me a break!), I continue my pledge to wholeheartedly support locally owned businesses. Why? Because I firmly believe entrepreneurs should be sustained by locals.
Friends, let me encourage you to do the same. The next time you think about going out to lunch, don't just head to Pizza Hut. Go to Assaggio's in Fuquay instead. You won't find a nicer, friendlier guy than owner Tom McGrath. Oh yeah, and the food is great, too. In fact, I'm heading over shortly with my family for lunch. Maybe I'll see you there.
As for a nearby place to go grab a cup of coffee and find refuge, I'm at a loss. Any thoughts?
Rest in peace, Java Divine. I'll miss you.