A 7-year-old Shockoe Bottom coffeehouse will pour its last cup later this month.
GlobeHopper at 2100 E. Main St. will close on Feb. 28, co-owner Erin Helland said. She and fellow owner Jenn Crenshaw opened the cafe and community space in 2008.
“The pain that we feel here in coming to this decision is like that of losing a loved one or going through a divorce,” Helland said on Tuesday. “No one is ever ready to come to this moment.”
The business announced the upcoming closure on its Facebook page on Monday and it was first reported by RVANews.
Helland said the shop will close due to “changes in personal circumstances.” She declined to explain further.
“There wasn’t one single action,” she said. “It was mostly personal that guided us to this decision.”
GlobeHopper was a spot for community forums, music performances and served as a drop-off and pick-up point for Fall Line Farms, an online food retailer.
Helland said one year, GlobeHopper represented Richmond in what was formerly called the Southeast Regional Barista Championship.
“Our mission was coffee, culture and community,” she said. “GlobeHopper was a living breathing life force for that Church Hill-Shockoe Bottom area.”
By 2011, Helland and Crenshaw had moved away from Richmond and general manager Kimmy Certa took over the shop’s daily operations.
Helland said the future of GlobeHopper’s 1,400-square-foot storefront is unclear, but she and Crenshaw would consider selling the business.
“We have made a note that we will consider sincere offers and proposals,” Helland said. “We would really like to see the legacy continue.”
GlobeHopper’s building is owned by James C. Dongieux, city records show. It was built in 1912.
Elsewhere in Shockoe Bottom, Julep’s Southern Cuisine plans to leave the neighborhood, and a new shared office space is moving in on 17th Street.