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Downtown coffee shop’s temporary closure becomes permanent (but another one opened)

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Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters listed the closure of its only Idaho store as “temporary.”

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It’s not.

The shop, in the Idaho Building on 8th St. at Bannock St. in Boise will not reopen, according to an updated listing online. A sign in the window list a “Store closing sale!,” but the doors are locked and lights are off. The phone rings without answering.

[Some businesses like Boise’s 8th St. closure – others list concerns]

Our efforts over the past week to get a comment from Thomas Hammer officials didn’t get a reply.

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Thomas Hammer, based in Spokane, is just one of a handful of non-local coffee shops in the downtown area. Locally-owned competitor Dawson Taylor, which operates a store right across 8th St., recently underwent a remodel.

A new shop, Broadcast Coffee, will open a permanent location in the new 11th & Idaho soon – but started a pop-up at 1726 W Main St in the Vagabond Bakery according to owner Barry Faught.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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