According to MyrtleBeachOnline.com, Kiss Coffeehouse — the specialty coffee retailer operating at Broadway at the Beach, an entertainment complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — will close at the end of September."It's not that we didn't do well," Matthew Goldschmidt, the store’s general manager explained the reason for leaving, "it was just a steady decline." Goldschmidt said that everything in the store, which includes KISS memorabilia, is marked down to sell. Back in February, Kiss Coffeehouse was honored for the fourth consecutive year in the "Best Of The Grand Strand" competition (in the Specialty Food & Drink - Best Coffee Shop category) in Myrtle Beach. Over 56,000-plus total votes were cast by both locals and tourists alike, and 1,000-plus businesses competed for best-of honors in 68 unique, and special categories. "Best Of The Grand Strand" is an annual competition sponsored by Myrtle Beach's local NBC affiliate, WMBF-TV. The Grand Strand is a 60-plus-mile stretch of ocean front/beach along both the North and South Carolina coastlines The Kiss Coffeehouse's theme revolves around the band KISS, who own the franchise. A number of items from KISS' stage shows, such as costumes, are also on display at the establishment. The Kiss Coffeehouse, which opened to huge crowds in the summer of 2006, features signature KISS coffees, including Kiss Army Blend and French Kiss Vanilla, the Kiss Frozen Rockuccino, cookies, brownies and other sinful sweets. The grand opening of the store was attended by founding KISS bandmembers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. On July 9, 2006, Lisa-Holly Friedman and Ronald K Marukawa (two longtime KISS fans) were married on the premises, with Paul Stanley telephoning during the proceedings to wish them well.
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