Bethany Clough

Downtown Fresno loses another business: Coffee and gift shop to close soon

8th Notch Coffee & Gifts in downtown Fresno is closing.

The business, at 744 P St., announced the closure last month on Facebook.

It closed last week, but will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. It’s your last chance to say goodbye and shop deeply discounted merchandise. A pop-up pizza event will also be happening during that time.

The coffee shop, originally called Dale Bros. before changing its name, was one of the first businesses to open in a remodeled creamery. It is flanked by the Quesadilla Gorilla restaurant and Filipino restaurant Tapsi.

The owners were not immediately available for comment about why the business is closing.

The coffee shop opened last summer in the historic Warehouse Row area. At the time, it was predicted to be the next big hot spot of downtown revitalization.

In addition to the three restaurants that opened there, change is happening nearby. Bitwise Industries is remodeling the Old Spaghetti Factory, and has already opened the 50,000-square-foot Bitwise Hive on Ventura Street. More renovation is planned nearby on R Street, turning a stretch of brick buildings into offices and restaurants.

8th Notch serves all kinds of espresso-based drinks and other blended drinks without caffeine for kids. The boutique portion of the business is hosting a 40 percent to 60 percent off sale on its Fresno T-shirts, jewelry and kitschy items like socks that say “beer” on them.

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Dale Bros. Coffee, on P Street near Warehouse Row later became 8th Notch Coffee & Gifts. Here, the gift shop is pictured on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA ezamora@fresnobee.com

Owners Melanie Davis Unguez and Mike Unguez have long supported revitalization in Fresno. Davis Unguez used to run Twee Boutique and her husband co-founded Spokeasy, the craft beer bar on Van Ness Avenue in the Tower District. Unguez is working on a pizza business called Wilbur & Persephone, holding pizza pop-ups at the coffee shop and documenting its progress on Instagram.

Downtown lost another coffee shop, Brew Fix, earlier this year, though Ohana Pantry quickly filled the space on Fulton Street.

8th Notch’s announcement came shortly after El Torito restaurant closed its doors.

But downtown has seen a flurry of new restaurants open recently, including the USBean Brew Station coffee shop inside Bitwise.

Also opening recently: Toshiko Japanese Cuisine, Nevera Juice Bar, Chicken King, On A Roll Sushi at Mezcal Lounge and Cookies N’ Things.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough
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