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Citing decreased revenues, Co-owner Mallory Gwynn announces closure as they 'let this thing pass by'

Gwynn's Coffeehouse in Canby has temporarily closed its doors to the public in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-owner Mallory Gwynn made the announcement in a video on social media Monday, March 23, the same day Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order mandating that people stay at home as much as possible and closing multiple non-essential businesses statewide.

Cafés were among the businesses allowed to stay open, but Gwynn's opted for the closure, citing decreased revenues.

"With heavy hearts and sadness, we are going to walk down the path of closing shop for a period of time," Gwynn said in the video announcement. "And that decision doesn't come easy for us. We have been supported so much by our community for the last week. It's incredible just the love and giving that's gone on here for us.

"But our reality is," he said, "is that we're about half the revenue that we typically are, and we cannot simply sustain ourselves that way."

Gwynn didn't say how long the doors will be closed, simply noting that they will "let this thing pass by."

PMG FILE PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Pictured is Gwynn's Coffeehouse on the day of their soft opening in January 2018.

Gwynn's Coffeehouse opened in January 2018 and quickly became a beloved Canby staple. With tears in his eyes, Gwynn recalled the vision he and his family had for the café.

"You know, when I look out across and I look at the chairs upside down on the tables," Gwynn said, "I can't help but think when we put our business plan together, this was a place of community, and a place of gathering and a place of conversation. And it's not that right now. So, we just hope that this goes quickly."

For updates on when the coffeehouse will open again, follow them on Facebook at Gwynn's Coffeehouse.


Kristen Wohlers
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