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302 Main Espresso closes in downtown Farmington
Business is second coffeehouse to close in district in past five years
FARMINGTON — The only coffeehouse in downtown Farmington closed its doors this week.
The management of 302 Main Espresso announced Monday that the coffeehouse has closed. The business, owned by Ryan Niehaus and Tennille Taylor, opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2015 after renovations were completed at the Taylor family's building located at 302 E. Main St. Neither owner responded to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Times about why the decided to close the business.
The historic building formerly served as Farmington Lumber and Hardware and now houses the Artifacts Gallery and Chile Store, which will remain open. In a Facebook post, the coffeehouse owners said people with gift cards can exchange them for cash at the Artifacts Gallery through Aug. 31.
It is the second coffeehouse to close in the downtown in the past five years. In December 2012, Andrea Kristina's Bookstore and Kafé surprised customers by displaying a note announcing that it had closed. The building that housed the business is currently empty. It briefly housed Identity Inc. before the LGBT-centered nonprofit organization moved to a nearby building.
Tennille Taylor's mother, Bev Taylor, who owns the Artifacts Gallery, said the attitude of many people about downtown makes it hard for businesses to remain open. She said many people do not shop downtown or go downtown.
"Until Farmington loves their downtown, this is going to be a repeated story over and over again," she said.
The Taylor family has not decided what it will do with the area of the building that housed 302 Main Espresso.
Over the past decade, Farmington has invested in various projects aimed at revitalizing downtown. In 2007, the city designated the district a metropolitan redevelopment area. The MRA plan included improving the appearance of and revitalizing historic buildings with new uses and encouraging residential components, according to The Daily Times archives. Those efforts include offering incentives for businesses to locate in the district and working on plans to make Main Street more pedestrian and bike friendly.
302 Main Espresso served as a meeting place for various community groups. Michael Bulloch, downtown coordinator for the Farmington Downtown Association, said the organization was disappointed to see the business go.
He said restaurants and businesses like 302 Main Espresso that allow people to gather and relax enhance the district.
Bulloch said he has heard discussion about other people interested in opening businesses in the district, perhaps adding a coffeehouse-like setting.
"We're really sad about the closing, and wish Ryan and Tennille the best," Bulloch said.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.