May 28, 2024
Café Kostbar excludes corona consequences of a different kind
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Café Kostbar excludes corona consequences of a different kind

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Carmen de Giorgi is closing her precious bar: there will still be coffee and more until the end of the month, then the owner will be out.  However, there is a chance of a takeover and the 34-year-old would be happy.
Carmen de Giorgi is closing her precious bar: there will still be coffee and more until the end of the month, then the owner will be out. However, there is a chance of a takeover and the 34-year-old would be happy. © Lorencic

Carmen de Giorgi closes her café. Last but not least, the pandemic has something to do with it. The owner would still be happy about a successor – so that the meeting place in the village is preserved.

Valbert – It was her dream, but now she has to let go. Carmen de Giorgi closes the Precious Bar in Valbert. On April 26th she will open the doors to her cafés for the last time, which was about much more than just coffee. It was about encounters and creativity. There were also all sorts of beautiful things to buy on a wall of shelves.

In 2021, the 34-year-old and her husband Adrian plucked up the courage to open the Kostbar in Valbert in the middle of Corona. She wanted to create a meeting place in the village and fulfill her dream. The pandemic was a difficult time, also socially. The fact that the owner didn’t get vaccinated spread through the village and was her downfall. “That was bullying,” she says, visibly sad. Not only did two thirds of her customers drop out, the mother of two children (now three and five years old) was also asked about it on the playground. The sides of the street were changed, conversations with her stopped, and she had to eat the cake she had baked for the café at home herself. A Corona episode of a different kind.

Pastoral care was also a topic at the Kostbar in Valbert

“Super great regular customers” remained loyal to her and the precious thing, came by for a coffee, took part in the Friday creative courses or bought something for themselves or as a gift. Many people were happy to come over to talk. Then Carmen de Giorgi sat on one of the Chippendale armchairs by the window and listened to her counterpart. What will become of all these people? “Where are they now?” she asks herself.

She finds it difficult to let go of the dream, but the cafe never made a profit. Expenses were higher than income. Ultimately, it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays so that I could work as an employee on those days. Her husband Adrian de Giorgi continued to work in his job as an event manager, but Carmen de Giorgi could not run the café alone and had to hire employees. They cost money again and so the spiral continued downwards. The cake offering only became waffles.

“I really enjoyed doing it”

“I felt like I gave it my all.” And: “I really enjoyed doing it.” But the village didn’t accept the precious thing, says the owner, even though she doesn’t want to blame anyone. At least no one came from outside. She tried, maybe she could have done more. More advertising, for example. But she was at the end of her capacity. The Kostbar took over the coffee offering in the bone mill and the kiosk in the outdoor pool. A lot of time was invested. Just a few days ago, the daughter asked if she could tie a ribbon to her mother – so that she would always be there. Was I at home so little? she asks herself.

The Valbert native is from Wetter, her husband is from the Rhineland. Maybe it was because they were newcomers?, she thinks. Now the family again has the urge to move to Bergisch, where they lived before the child was born. In Wipperfürth they already have a small shop where they sell what only fills a shelf in Valbert. The city of Wipperfürth would be happy if Carmen de Giorgi implemented the Valbert concept there. And on the one hand, she wants that. But after one dream has been shattered, does she want to try the next one? They would be supported in Wipperfürth. There are business breakfasts there and two-thirds of the shop rents are covered for a year. In Meinerzhagen she didn’t have such an opportunity. There is now a sale in Valbert until April 26th. Everything is reduced except for Eulenschnitt products. There will be a farewell party on the last day.

She would like someone to take over the precious thing. Discussions with potential new tenants are already underway. But the end is still open. If anyone would like to continue running the small café, they can send an email to caul@gmx.de.

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