The announcement that a popular Doylestown coffee shop and community hang-out is permanently closing came as a shock to many.
In a post on Facebook, Zen Den owner, Annette Coletta, said her decision came after “much contemplation and a lot of soul searching.” The much-loved business has been a part of the borough for about nine years, first in a smaller spot on Donaldson Street and then on East State Street.
While the devastating impact of COVID-19 played a role in her decision, Coletta said, “It was not the main reason, but, it’s what threw me over the fence.”
“Was it what I wanted, ‘no,’” she added, noting that her lease was set to expire in August.
“I have had some of the best years of my life here and made so many friends and acquaintances that I’m very grateful for having,” Coletta wrote on Facebook. “I go forward knowing I gave it my EVERYTHING.”
Zen Den was not only a coffee house, it served as a gathering place for many who worked from home, a meeting place for friends and family and welcoming location for artists and musicians.
The outpouring of disappointment over the news flooded social media.
“Annette, we love you and will miss our favorite spot in town,” said one post.
“You did an amazing job giving us a warm and wonderful home away from home,” said another. “You nourished our bodies and souls.”
Colleta offered heartfelt appreciation to her many loyal customers, “for the privilege of occupying space in your lives.”
All gift cards will be fully refunded, she said. Customers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-880-6205.
Zen Den’s closing marks the second small business in Doylestown Borough to close since the pandemic. Hickory Kitchen on West Court Street closed earlier this month.