Higher Grounds Specialty Coffee in Freeport closes after 17 years

FREEPORT — Cynthia Faulkner toiled for more than two decades in the financial services industry when heroffice in Freeportsuddenly shut down in 2004.

So, after some brainstorming, she decided to open Higher Grounds Specialty Coffee & Tea, 1709 S. West Ave.

“I was kind of looking for a second act and the idea came to me that Freeport could really use a nice coffee shop on the south end of town,” Faulkner said. “So, I started doing some research and found this great location, which I knew was perfect, and I just kind of rolled with it.”

Higher Grounds, which features house blend, latte, espresso and specialty drinks, has been a popular community gathering spot for nearly 20 years which made Faulkner’s decision to put her business up for sale that much more difficult.

The shop will close its doors — possibly for good — on Saturday. 

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