• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Bill Ferris, owner of Tehuacana coffee shop Cup of Joe’s, spends his last day of the business, Saturday, Sept. 2, as he did most others, pouring coffee for customers and talking with whoever drops in. Some of his regulars, Mike Wolfe, Tom Rees, Jerry Chilcoate and Jim Meredith, helped pass the morning remembering the high points of the past three years the shop has been in business.

Tehuacana coffee shop sees last day

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Tehuacana coffee shop Cup of Joe’s had its last business day Saturday, Sept. 2, with some of its faithful customers sitting around one of the tables, part commiserating with owner Bill Ferris, part congratulating him on a good run after three years.

Ferris said his decision to close down was mainly a matter of the time involved, since he had spent about seven hours a day there and didn’t make much of a profit – not that he expected to, he added.

Ferris was to re-open the coffee shop one last time on Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 7 p.m. for a final game of trivia, a semi-regular event there, for anyone who wants to come.

“We did trivia once a month,” Ferris said. “I had a friend from Lake Charles come in and he would always do it. We’ve had poetry, guitars and just all kinds of musical functions, saw a couple of movies.”

Ferris opened the shop in downtown Tehuacana three years ago at the corner of Main and South Second streets. The building was originally constructed around 1941 to be Shorty’s gas station, which closed in the 1960s.

Tehucana’s Mike Wolfe, one of the last day’s customers, said he owned the building before selling it to Ferris and had used it as a residence for about a year and a half.

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