Gymocha is closing Friday

Published 10:46 am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gymocha will close on Friday.

The Austin coffee shop near Riverland Community College announced it was going out of business last month, as owner Russell Pihlstrom cited a lack of business, too much competition, and increasing property costs as factors in the family-owned business’s decision to shut down.

“It’s been such a great success on so many fronts, just from a personal, emotional, character-building,” Pihlstrom said.

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The café, at 1300 14th St. NW, opened in February 2010 at the former Hardee’s. It was originally supposed to include a children’s gym (hence the name Gymocha), but they shifted gears before they opened and have since focused on specialty coffees and teas, gourmet sandwiches, soups, and fresh baked goods like scones and muffins.

Gymocha has about seven employees.