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Tue., Sep. 1
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Good to the last ...


No good cup of coffee lasts forever.

When the last drop is gone, we’re left with the wonderful taste lingering in our mouths. Hopefully, the caffeine will keep us alert for a good chunk of the day.

The nice thing is that we have the option of grabbing another cup of joe when the craving hits. Then we’ll experience the burst of flavor and caffeine buzz all over again.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of coffee businesses. When our favorite local shops close, all we’ll have is the memory of great service, delightful conversation and delicious coffee.

Such will be the case for customers of Brew Ha Ha on Coffeen Street in Watertown. Begun in 2001, Brew Ha Ha will serve its final cup of coffee this Friday.

Teresa R. Macaluso and her sister, Karen E. Mikos, have been faithfully serving their clientele for more than 12 years. But the early morning openings and regular presence have made it difficult for the sisters to carry on with other interests in life, and so they decided to close the business and put it up for sale.

And Ms. Macaluso has quite a bit on her plate. Since 2010, she has served on the Watertown City Council — she was elected to her second term in November. She said she wants to devote more time to family members as well as on the community and city business.

Ms. Macaluso and Ms. Mikos certainly have enjoyed their time running Brew Ha Ha. They developed a roster of regular customers who made use of the drive-through business every day, including Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham, according to a Tuesday story in the Watertown Daily Times.

That allowed the sisters to keep up to date on what was going on in the lives of the people they served and stay current on what was happening throughout the community. Having a popular establishment like this was undoubtedly a big help to Ms. Macaluso in growing her support among city voters as a council member.

But the time needed to run a business such as this can be draining. Since opening, Ms. Macaluso has not been able to take a vacation, according to the story. And on the day in 2010 of the funeral for their father, Carmen J. Macaluso, the sisters still had to show up to work, the story reported.

It’s unfortunate when any successful business closes, and the loyal customers of Brew Ha Ha will surely miss their regular hit of coffee and their daily interaction with the owners. But Ms. Macaluso and Ms. Mikos deserve to spend more time on other priorities, and we wish them all the best.

When the shop closes its doors for good on Friday, all that will remain for customers are the pleasant memories. We hope these thoughts last a lot longer than a morning cup of joe.

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