Some sad and frankly frustrating news out of Waterloo.

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A new coffee shop opened in Waterloo less than a week ago. It is located in the old spot previously operated by Lincoln Perk.

The owners of Lincoln Perk, Gary and Christi broke the news on social media in November. The lease on the space was up at the end of December, and they decided not to renew.

"What began as a new challenge five years ago quickly into much more than we could have ever imagined."

One of the big deciding factors for the closure was the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We survived some of the toughest times we’ve ever experienced in our many years in the food industry. Covid and the present economy are among our reasons for closing."

Luckily, another unique coffee shop took its place.

The Savvy Bean Espresso & Açai bar open for business about a week ago. The shop's business hours are 7am-4pm on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Just a week after opening, the twenty-one year old owner made a very upsetting announcement on the business' social media page, saying,

"I am deeply saddened that I have to post this after being open for only a week…"

There was a break in at the store sometime between Saturday, May 6th at 3pm and Monday, May 8th at 6am that resulted "hundreds of dollars in loss."

They believe that the incident most likely took place between 4pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday. Anyone who has any information is being encouraged to contact the Waterloo Police at 319 291-4340.

The owner of the Savvy Bean said that she will offer up a $100 gift card to the coffee shop to whoever is able to give them more information about the incident.


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