The 24-hour Merrimon Avenue coffee shop will shut its doors for good following a finale by Hellblinki Sextet. After being closed only occasionally during its two-year lifespan, Caffiend will close this Thursday, June 18.
“If I had any way to avoid this, I would,” says owner Matt Hebb, seen here in happier times. “This economy has just not been very easy. [The shop] needed more money than I have.”
Since its opening, the coffee shop has earned a reputation as a haven for goths, punks and other up-all-nighters, but Hebb says it actually was common ground for all types. After all, it was also home to the conservative club the Asheville Latte Republicans.
“We had a massive community of regulars,” Hebb said.
To see the shop out, a handful of performers including the Hellblinki Sextet and a marionette act will perform Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. The official closing will come at midnight, Hebb said.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer