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Eastport coffee shop announces it will close for good because of pandemic

Ah Coffee, an Eastport coffee shop, announced Monday on social media that it will not reopen once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Owner Diana Gowen and members of her staff wrote that they have been trying to figure out how to adapt the small shop to the emergency regulations across that state that have limited food services to carry out service. Limited lifting of the rules, designed to slow the spread of the virus, have not yet reached restaurants and coffee shops.

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“Sadly, we were unable to come to a solution that meets our needs,” the staff wrote on the store’s Facebook page. “We will not be reopening.”

Gowen along with several others thanked customers and wished them well.

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Ahh, Coffee! opened in 2005 in the Eastport Shopping Center and at its peak employed 10 people. Gowen bought the business four years later. Like many neighborhood coffee shops, it served as a gathering space for social activities, telework, local artwork and music.

It is the second Annapolis neighborhood coffee shop to announce that it has become a business casualty of the pandemic. Zu Coffee, located about 1.5 miles away, closed in mid-April.

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