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UPDATE: Perk on Main is Closing

Owner Jill Killo said there just wasn't enough business. She gives an exclusive interview to Patch tomorrow.

This morning on Facebook, Perk on Main owner Jill Killo posted a message that she will be closing the cafe.

Her message reads: "It is with a heavy heart that I make the following announcement,

"Perk on Main will close its doors for business on Friday April 1, 2011. This decision, yet difficult, is necessary.

"I have enjoyed serving such a great community and am blessed to call so many of you friends. Thank you all for four wonderful years of memories."

The message was posted at about 8 a.m. This afternoon, Killo said the business just wasn't were it needed to be financially to survive.

"I think we can boast that we have the most community support, but it just isn't enough," she said.

Killo will give an exclusive interview to Patch tomorrow, March 22.

Nicole Frierson, president of The Shops of Emmaus and owner of The Weeping Yogi, said the closing is discouraging.

"I know a lot of businesses in Emmaus are finding it hard to survive," Frierson said. "I hope we can find a resolution soon, before we fall into what many other downtowns have."

Frierson said she will miss Killo and having lunch at Perk every Friday with good friends.

Perk on Main was originally opened by Pam Parker, owner of Baked, in 2002 at 228 Main St. Killo bought the concept in 2007 after the store had changed hands several times, Killo said, though she thinks she has owned the cafe the longest.

Killo moved the new Perk on Main to 332 Main St. in February last year.

Within an hour of the announcement today, Killo had a couple dozen comments on Facebook from customers who express regret for the closing, but also wish Killo all the best.

Katie Gangewere March 22, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Maybe Patch could have a Business Spot Light of the week. I know they promote community businesses but take it a step further. Give a high light on what the business is, who runs it (making it more personal), what brought them to Emmaus and how they got started. It is those types of details that get me every time. I want to feel like I know the people behind the name which is absolutely one thing small businesses have over chains such as Walmart. Those working in small shops have a vested interest, the sales clerks in large chains don't want to engage in conversation and would rather you not bother them at all. I think one would also find the fact that your not 'sharks" would be another positive. I recently went shopping for new furniture and can say I visited almost every furniture store in the LV. What an experience!!! I felt like I was being attached by the sales reps and wanted nothing more to run from the stores. I then walked into Royal Furniture here in Emmaus and due to the friendly none over-baring individuals that worked there, purchased a new living room set from them. I should have started there....lesson learned!
Jenae Holtzhafer March 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I couldn't agree more, Katie. I think it would be so interesting to know about the local family businesses and what has driven them to choose Emmaus as a home. Royal has been one of our favorites for years and years. We will NEVER shop for furniture anywhere else!
Jill Killo March 22, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind words and well wishes. Perk on Main truly has the best "guests" in the Valley! It has been an honor to be such a small part of such a wonderful community. I, along with the entire Perk team will miss each and everyone of you!
Lyle Richardson March 22, 2011 at 05:31 PM
We will misssssss you to Jill.....
Julia Horn March 22, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Very well said Donna! Thank you from one local business owner to another!

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