Northwest Indiana is losing a beloved local coffee shop that was part of many people's daily routine.
Spill the Beans at 7992 Broadway in Merrillville will soon pour its last pumpkin pie latte.
The coffee shop near U.S. 30 announced it was closing after nine years of caffeinating regulars after a protracted period of road construction on Broadway.
"After almost nine years of serving this community, we are saddened to announce the closing of Spill the Beans," owners Mark and Tammy Anderson posted on Facebook. "We thank each and every one of you for your support and patronage. We will always cherish the friendships and relationships that have been established during our time here."
The coffee shop offered a wide array of coffee drinks, including espresso-based beverages both hot and iced, and frozen blended espresso drinks it called "Spill Chills." It sold Bibles, Christian books, T-shirts, mugs, tea and coffee beans, including Traverse City Cherry and the popular butterscotch- and caramel-flavored Highlander Grog.
Spill the Beans also had a limited food menu that included light fare like breakfast items, soup and sandwiches. It was a gathering spot where Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech students hung out and that hosted many public events, including fellowship and writers groups.
Merrillville's Broadway commercial corridor, which was once one of Northwest Indiana's most vibrant commercial hubs, has suffered from a number of closures over the past several years, including The Patio, Piatak Meats, Central Gyros, Wah Yuen Restaurant, a PayLow supermarket and the Merrillville Off-Track Betting.
The coffee shop urged customers to redeem any gift cards there before it closes its doors for good sometime in the next few days.
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