The Early Bird has been a popular coffee shop in downtown Cedar Rapids for almost 9 years, starting out in the Towne Centre building and moving most recently to the lower level of the Smulekoff's building. But its owners say they are closing up and moving on to other endeavors.

A Facebook post from "Top Chickadee", owner Brooke Fitzgerald, starts out like this:

Hey Friends, Top Chickadee here. Let’s grab a cup of coffee, I have something to tell you.

The post goes on to say that after 8-and-a-half years, she is moving on to pursue a full-time career in the real estate business with Skogman.

So many lessons learned, acquaintances met, relationships established, hard times, great times, floods, and floods again, businesses created, ideas shared, staff who grew and flourished onto their own dreams, a community hub of all of the folks you want to meet and see, friends made, and all the while….the beat goes on

March 6th will be the last day of business for the Early Bird. We wish them the best and hope you'll stop by before then and do the same.