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Ice cream store to close
Loral Ann Jorza is going down with her ship, Island Ice Cream & Coffee not for lack of trying.
Monday is the last day Jorza will greet customers with a cheery Hi, Honey or What can I get you, Sweetheart? The business owes two months back rent, she says, and is out of options.
Its been one of the longer years of my life and I dont want to have one like it again, Jorza said. I had no idea the winter was going to be so bad.
Her landlords, she added, have carried me before and dont want to carry me any more. The folks who own the building must be more worried about money than I am.
Jorza has owned the shop at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305 for three years.
This past November and December were the worst she has had, business wise. Her personal life has not fared any better because of deaths in her family.
The building that houses Island Ice Cream underwent an extensive renovation last year. During the seven months of construction, Jorza saw a major drop in business. Limited parking and smaller signage contributed to the dearth of customers, she said, and she has faced two rent increases in the last year.
The new signs look nice, but are small. Ive heard people ask, Is there an ice cream store around? Jorza said. I stayed open as best as I could and it never picked up.
Local attorney Bruce Weiland, one of the buildings owners, said he was disappointed to see the business fold.
We have worked with Loral Ann for two years and are really sorry to see her fail, Weiland said. The only way to save this landmark and rejuvenate Winslow Way is by generating a little bit more income. Its a complex story.
After the former owner hauls away the counters, freezer and display case for a Tacoma store, Jorza will look for work.
A letter about closing she posted on the ice cream counter elicits sorrow and customers want to know what shes going to do next. Well miss you, one islander said. This is always our favorite place.
Although the closing of her store greatly saddens Jorza, she remains convinced therell be something for her to do.
Im a smart gal, she said. Im keeping a portable espresso machine, and would love to bring it to peoples parties, school fairs and other places.