The Woodstock cafe/music venue/bookstore/art gallery known as Alchemy closed its doors for good on Saturday (November 28), just a week short of what would have been its six-month anniversary.
When the coffeehouse held its grand opening celebration back on June 4, things looked rosy for owners Nick Martin and Stephanie Izarek. “Our hope is that Alchemy will serve as a fun and vibrant gathering place for local residents and tourists alike,” Martin said, “a space that encourages creativity, community, consciousness, the free exchange of ideas and generally, the pursuit of living the best life possible.”
Operating under the slogan, “Revive the vibe,” Alchemy hosted some wonderful performers, but even the Woodstock dream wasn’t enough to carry the coffeehouse through these tough economic times.
A message posted on the cafe’s Facebook page on Saturday morning stated, “Alchemy Friends: We will be open today from 2 until 5 for a closing sale on books, handmade merchandise, original art, jewelry, etc. Please consider stopping by for deals on your holiday shopping and to say a farewell to Alchemy…”