Moonstruck customers will miss neighborhood gathering spot

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Customers of Moonstruck Chocolate Café in Lake Oswego gathered to express farewells to baristas and friends on May 26, the last day of business for the store. To ease the pain, Rojo the therapy llama was present. Pictured here are Joan Maiers, left, Rojo and Charu Nair, frequenters of the business. Maiers had held her monthly literary series at Moonstruck. The series will continue in the fall at a nearby location.Moonstruck Chocolate Café customers gathered at the Lake Oswego store May 26 to express farewells to baristas and friends on the store’s final day of business.

A highlight of the day was the appearance of Rojo, the therapy llama, whose role it was to soothe sad hearts over the closing of the business.

“For over 10 years, the café has served more than coffee, milkshakes or tendered the legendary truffles,” said customer Joan Maiers. “In turn, many visitors have become more than customers. The café has welcomed morning coffee klatch groups, knitting groups, out-of-town visitors, 12-step groups, authors-at-work, romantic coffee dates, business meetings, wine tastings, featured monthly artists, chocolatier demonstrations, monthly literary series. ...The café encouraged a symbiotic business relationship, especially between the bagel store, the hardware store, the florist shop and the grocery store.”

Maiers said that store manager James Ewing promoted an alliance with the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and supported a cultural atmosphere by hanging art of local artists, and allowing Maiers to host a literary series at the store, which was located off State Street.

The literary series will continue in September at a nearby Moonstruck location.

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