Cedar Rapids coffee shop The Early Bird is closing its doors next month

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The Early Bird coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, 333 1st St SE. — via The Early Bird’s Facebook page

The Early Bird is flying from its Cedar Rapids nest. The coffee shop will close its doors in early March after more than eight years in business, owner Brooke Fitzgerald said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.

“When I opened the Bird 8 1/2 years ago, I had no idea what was about to be created,” Fitzgerald wrote. “All I knew was this was a dream that was becoming a reality thanks to a friend who pushed me outside of my comfort zone, my brother who moved back to Iowa to help get Early Bird off the ground and a husband who was incredibly supportive and believed in me.”

In the post, Fitzgerald shared that she has been less involved in the day-to-day operations of the shop over the last year as she pursues her real estate career with Skogman Realty.

“In the time of reflection that I have had stepping away, I have realized my time with the Early Bird is complete. I’ve reached the full potential of what I alone am able to do with it,” Fitzgerald said. “This chapter of my life is coming to an end in order to start a new chapter.”

“I am incredibly grateful for all that this place has taught me, my children, my husband, and for every single person that has walked through these doors.”

The last day to stop by The Early Bird, 333 1st St SE, for a coffee, tea or pastry will be Friday, March 6. (The coffee shop typically closes at 2 p.m. on Fridays.)

“We will be closing our doors at close of business that day and flying the nest,” Fitzgerald concluded. “Onto the next chapter of life starlings, my best wishes for your success and abundance, Top Chickadee with gratitude, signing off.”

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