After 20 years, owners Helen and Jim Bentkowski plan to close Terrace Gifts and Coffee on January 1. “We fought hard to keep it going but unfortunately the building is in need of a major remodel,” they said in a note posted on the doors of the popular gathering spot next to Village Market on Broadway Terrace. “We had a good 20 years run, we enjoyed every minute of it and will miss it terribly.”
According to a letter of proclamation hanging on the wall of the coffee house, Helen came to the United States from Brazil in 1989 and first worked with the owners of Broadway Terrace Nursery in the early 1990s. She convinced them to open a coffee and gift shop across the way in 1999 and eventually purchased that business in 2006.