Wichita enjoying last cup at Mead’s Corner

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The downtown coffee shop Mead’s Corner is closing its doors this weekend.

Mead’s Corner announced in May that due to a significant increase in the rent, the coffee shop ministry of First United Methodist Church would not renew its rent in August.

“We’re being bombarded with questions and people wanting to know if there’s anything that can be done to save Mead’s, and it’s been really rough,” shift manager Colin Wilmore said.

Wilmore has noticed more foot traffic in the last couple days as people come in to enjoy their last coffee, gelato or famous lavender lemonade.

“We wanted to bring our grandson up here for the last ice cream,” Jim Meindinger of Derby said Friday afternoon.

Nathan Karline says he used the shop’s WiFi while he was job-searching.

“I spent lots of time here on weeks I was unemployed, I spent a lot of time here looking for jobs,” Karline said.

A table of girls from Andover said they studied for their ACT test at Mead’s.

Michelle Stockton at a nearby table sipped on her last white vanilla grapefruit tea with honey.

“This has been home for me and I know the people here genuinely care about me. I’m gonna miss it really bad,” Stockton said.

Mead’s is open tomorrow and having a celebration of their ministry on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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