E Pike’s Kiss the Sky Cafe and smoking accessory shop is no more. Or at least it will be soon. First, there’s a clearance sale. And probably a few questions about how the cafe ended up there in the first place.
CHS stopped by Monday to ask about the bad news but we didn’t learn much more about the history of the place. A woman who said she was the owner’s sister provided only a shrug and a few short answers about the decision to close down. “Look around. There are no customers.”
She was right. The Internet cafe/pipe and tobacco product shop was mostly empty except for one guy on a laptop and a reporter who had never been inside despite walking by 10,000 times.
If you know more about how Kiss the Sky came to be, share the tale. City records show only a “MATY BA ADJA” listed for the business. We’re assuming that would be Adja Maty Ba but even on that count, we can’t be sure. The cafe launched a Facebook effort in 2009. It made one post:
As for Internet cafes, they aren’t yet totally extinct from the Hill, even with this passing. The Online Cafe was born out of the old Online Coffee meltdown and continues to offer old-school Internet access and computer access. Uncle Elizabeth’s also upholds the tradition.
Records also show no current plans for an overhaul or work in the space Kiss the Sky will leave behind at the corner of E Pike and Boylston. The lease signs have gone up — we’ll watch to see how long they remain after the clearance sign comes down.