We are selling the store. The papers are finally signed.
As Melanie always said when asked if we would sell, "The business, any business, should ALWAYS be for sale." The thing was, at what price? We put a lot into this over seven years. The price had to be worth it. And then the timing had to be right.
Well, both those things happened.
Rich got a job in Connecticut and is back running and marketing tradeshows again. Melanie will be putting the house up for sale and moving east as soon as that's done. We would've loved to stay here, but neither of us could find a decent job, not for lack of trying.
Edit: While Rich was in Connecticut for three months, the position didn't pan out as expected. So he came back to Pittsburgh and we still have the house and are looking for other opportunities here.
We think owning a suburban coffeehouse is a nice second income. In fact, you might be seeing us again, this time in the Connecticut coffee scene. But it was always part of the plan that one of us (er, Rich) would have a full time job and we'd use Aldo for a second income and an asset. For the first few years Rich managed a decent income from consulting, but as the economy turned south, so did the opportunities.
We'd say more about what's taking our place here but are waiting for the buyers/new owners to tell their own story.
That said, come 6pm on Tuesday, the era of us owning Aldo Coffee Co. in Mt. Lebanon will come to a close. We think the new owners will open on Wednesday, keep things as is through the weekend and then close for a few days before Thanksgiving to give the place a facelift. They will be open for LightUp Night.
As those close to the story know, the buyer used to work for us. She's a two-time regional barista competition finalist and also competed in the US Barista Championship twice. She is wonderful and you do or will soon love her.
To the best of our knowledge the entire staff is staying. The new owners will be using the same coffee, at least to start. And they have some new ideas and a lot of energy they'll be putting into the place. It'll be good. We are looking forward to being among their most enthusiastic customers when we are in town.
We'll say more within the next 48 hours. Just wanted to get this tidbit out in the public before people started making up their own assumptions.