WOODSTOCK – Two Tails Market and Eatery and neighboring Java Planet in Woodstock plan to close early next month.
The adjacent businesses at 2400 Lakeshore Drive, Woodstock, had been struggling for several years, according to Northwest Herald reports.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Two Tails owner Wendy Giles wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that I share my news. ... Business has slowed so very much."
On one side of the Woodstock space off Route 14, Two Tails exists as a prime meats and seafood market that had been trying to gain steam as a restaurant. On the other side, Java Planet sells coffee drinks, bagels and panini sandwiches. The two businesses are separated by a thin hallway.
"We tried everything, but sales just plummeted," she said. "It's a heart breaker."
The Facebook post said the businesses will take special orders for food and coffee through Sept. 11 before serving final meals Sept. 13.
Giles had taken over the businesses in November 2012 when Larry O'Connor Sr. and Larry O'Connor Jr. – who run the quickly growing Other World Computing in Woodstock – decided they could no longer keep up businesses they had started as side projects.
As owner, Giles said she worked 14- to 16-hour days and never took a pay check. She rarely had time to visit family or friends.
"That's not a complaint," she said Wednesday. "I absolutely enjoyed this and I will definitely miss the customers. I'm hoping to say goodbye to all of them before closing."
Her son, Ryan Giles, 24, also worked at the businesses. He will be returning to school.
After closing in September, Giles said she plans to take a break to visit family before deciding what to do next.