Shallow Creek Bookstore Café to close doors Friday
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:38

Inconsistent volume of business blamed

by Ben Boehl

    Shallow Creek Bookstore Café announced that it will be closing on Friday, March 22. The Edgemere café opened as a family-owned business in 2008. The lack of business led to the end of the venture.
    “We value the support and friendship of our loyal customers and employees however due to inconsistent volume of business we are unable to financially sustain our business,” said a statement on the Shallow Creek Facebook page.
    Shallow Creek is still honoring gift cards until the store closes on Friday.
    “It was our goal to provide a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere offering good food and great old fashioned customer service for our community and friends. We hope you will have many fond memories of your time at Shallow Creek and thank you once again for your support.”
    Shallow Creek was a popular staple in the Edgemere community. Visitors from and outside of Edgemere came to the café, where they could order sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch or dinner or just stop by for coffee or ice cream or to read a book.

Laura Dernoga and Lynette Christiansen and their mother Gail Hoffman were the family behind Shallow Creek.
    The family could not be reached for comment.
    The café was also a popular place for nearby Sparrow Point High School students.
    Kris LaFollette said Shallow Creek was a safe place where her daughter would go for her study groups. The café also provided space for the Sparrows Point Booster Club meetings.
    “It is a shame to see that Shallow Creek has closed,” LaFollette said.
    “We don’t live in the community, but my daughter attends Sparrows Point and loves to frequent Shallow Creek.”
    When the announcement was made, the Shallow Creek Facebook page was filled with thank yous and some sadness from loyal customers.
    “Shallow Creek will be missed as many of us enjoyed the comfy atmosphere and tasty food,” said Lisa M. Israni-Saunders, who was one of over 40 people to respond to the cafe’s post.
    “We had our own little ‘Friends’ cafe! Thank you for supporting many community activities. Much luck on your future endeavors.”
    Book clubs and open mic nights were also held at Shallow Creek. The last open mic session was held last Saturday.
    “Many thanks to Steve, Jim and all the many BGG (Baltimore Guitarist Group) musicians and supporters that have made open mic night possible at Shallow Creek,” the cafe said in another statement on Friday.
    “Your support has been so appreciated and the music and memories won’t be soon forgotten!”
    Mike Nelson enjoyed the Saturday open mic nights and said that Shallow Creek was a mainstay of the local music scene.
    “[It was a] favorite place to eat and play for both the Baltimore Guitarist Group and the Acoustic Guitar & Musicians Group players,” Nelson said.
    “We will sorely miss the friendly musical atmosphere, the attentive audience and all of the folks of Shallow Creek. We wish them all well.”
    Shallow Creek closure becomes the latest change along the North Point Road corridor in Edgemere.
    Last spring, Edgemere Bowling Lanes closed its doors after being in business for almost 65 years. A Dollar General store is set to move into the bowling alley location.
    Also, a new 7-Eleven store opened at the old Pantry 1 Food Mart building in December.