A sign posted on the door this morning says that, as of today, The Perk is temporarily closed.
Facebook postings on owner Maggie Ballard’s and an employee’s pages indicate that the business is for sale.
I navigated the branch-strewn streets of Riverside to see for myself if the rumor was true.
I found The Perk, known for its scenic front porch and flyer-plastered windows, quiet and empty during a time that it’s normally crawling with customers.
It was sort of eerie.
The Perk, as it’s often called, has for years been a neighborhood gathering place and a haven for artists, musicians and coffee fans.
I’ll let you know when I hear more from Ballard about what’s next for the shop.