John "Coffeejon" Sherrell opened Coffee Gallery in the Open Book building in 2000. Back then our Mill District neighborhood looked nothing like the clean, visitor-packed destination it is today. John is one of many entrepreneurs and visionaries who were committed to transforming the Mill District from a run down area to be avoided, to the vibrant neighborhood it is today.
John and his staff held what he referred to as a Bowing Out Gathering this past Friday - a combination customer appreciation/farewell party. It was pretty much standing room only with friends forged over the past 21 years (12 at Open Book).
We are thankful for John's friendship and contributions to the Mill District. I know Dave will miss his daily latte at the Coffee Gallery.