BIZNOTE: Youngstown Coffee Company to close Delridge shop

Youngstown Coffee Company proprietor Zoe Kritzer says she’s closing her original shop, the one at 5214 Delridge Way SW, at month’s end. Here’s how she’s announcing it to customers this morning:

It is with a heavy heart and an overwhelming amount of gratitude for your support that I must share this deeply saddening news.

Youngstown Coffee Company on Delridge will officially close on Saturday, February 29th. It has been the greatest privilege to have met so many extraordinary humans and dogs over the last 14 months. I can’t thank you enough for welcoming us into the neighborhood with open arms and daily transformative and inspiring conversations.

If you or anyone you know is interested in making this magical shop yours and continuing the dream of a shop built on community, coffee, and connection, please email:

Five months after opening the Delridge shop, Zoe expanded to 6032 California SW in Morgan Junction. That shop, and its “kitchen” next door, will remain open.

9 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Youngstown Coffee Company to close Delridge shop"

  • Airwolf February 18, 2020 (8:22 am)

    Was it open for 14 months only?

  • Debbie February 18, 2020 (10:53 am)

    That’s sad.  We tried to go twice but they won’t stay open past 3 pm.  They lost quite a bit of after school STEM business – especially from teachers who could walk there and have meetings, PTA meetings, parents who want to work remotely on early release WED.  The reason relayed to me was that they opened so early that they had to then have a 2nd shift for after 3 pm which makes sense.  It is disappointing as it could have been a great place for STEM to leverage and vice versa.   Best of luck to them. Perhaps the shop will be purchased by a new coffeeshop owner who can stay open later.  

  • Mok4315 February 18, 2020 (11:06 pm)

    Oh no! This is truly heartbreaking. It’s a shame that a thriving city like Seattle is so inhospitable to small businesses. 

      • mok4315 February 23, 2020 (7:00 pm)

        I suggest you go talk to some of the many small businesses we have in our community.  I’ve worked at, supported, and had my own small business in West Seattle.  You are truly naive if you think it’s easy to maintain a small business. I understand that not everyone has the same experiences in life, and people have different “realities” that they live in. But when members of a community are telling you repeatedly that they are struggling, wouldn’t you agree that there might be some truth to it? 

  • chichi February 19, 2020 (9:58 am)

    @MOK4315, can’t blame the city for everything. That stretch of Delridge (and most of it) is terrible for foot traffic. Couple that with a fast expansion, I don’t think it’s really the city’s fault.

  • JG February 19, 2020 (3:15 pm)

    I will miss the shop! I frequently went on Saturday mornings but they were not open earlier than 7 on weekdays which doesn’t work for me if i wanted a treat before work.

  • Kathy February 20, 2020 (6:18 am)

    Zoe has been a wonderful neighbor to our North Delridge community and I am sad to see her shop close. However, I completely understand her decision.  It is a tough city in which to be a small business owner.  I wish her well with her other location and definitely plan to stop in for a delicious coffee and treat in the future.  Especially when visiting Paperboat Booksellers next door.  :)  Perfect combination! Hopefully someone will take over this location so we have another coffee shop or (other food option).  

  • Erin98126 February 20, 2020 (10:12 pm)

    Please support Zoe at her location on California! Her coffee drinks are amazing and she makes such an effort to get to know you and truly is interested in hearing about your adventures of the day. Her salads are delicious, too!

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