Andrew Zarro, 31, co-owner of Little Woodfords, a popular coffee shop at 643 Forest Avenue, plans to relocate to the bottom of Munjoy HIll at the end of June, he said this afternoon. Zarro is leaving his Forest Avenue location because the landlord increased his rent “too much – enough to make me move,” he said, preferring not to discuss the details.
“The cutest building in the whole city of Portland,” as Zarro calls 316A Congress Street at the corner of Franklin Street. It has housed numerous other businesses in the past. It has served as a doctor’s office, flower shop, art studio, fabric store, womens’ consignment shop and a very recent business that mhn.com never caught up to.
Zarro, who calls Vermont home, has worked for non-profits most of his professional life. Three years ago, he decided to address his entrepreneurial spirit and open up Little Woodfords Coffee. His education is business backed with some public policy mixed in – both backgrounds have served him well in his endeavors.
His coffee Vivid originates in Vermont and his pastries come from Fork Food Lab, Portland.
“We can do a lot with a small space because it has a big heart,” the amiable Zarro said. “One day when COVID-19 is over, we will return to Forest Avenue because that is our neighborhood.” Then he will co-own two Little Woodfords in Portland – we can hope!