A café once touted by Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis has been forced to close.
Owners of the award-winning Café Blend, in Navigation Street in Birmingham city centre, said they were "heartbroken and saddened" the independent business had ended.
Retail guru Theo Paphitis once named the café a winner in his Small Business Sunday scheme designed to promote small, fledgling businesses.
And just two years ago the coffee shop, which had hosted live musical performances, was voted the best emerging brand in the Midlands in the Birmingham Made Me Awards.
In a statement on the independent cafe's Facebook page, "increased business costs" were cited as the reason.
The statement said: "Café Blend has been forced to close its doors after four years in service; winning multiple awards, serving hundreds of thousands of people.
"We are saddened to announce that we must end our four-year journey in this way - this is the nature of business.
"Independents give their blood, sweat and tears into business (sometimes at the cost of everything).
"For us, this was not so much a victim of recession or decreased popularity, but increased business costs in 2014 and the area becoming increasingly more prime.
"There has been little choice given for the fate of Café Blend, no negotiations were entertained and there was no support from local government."
Dozens of fans of the café spoke of their disappointment on Facebook and Twitter.
Camille Chinneck said: "Very sad to hear this, you were my favourite coffee shop in Birmingham. All the best for the future!"
Tracey McCarthy wrote: "Used you whenever we were in Birmingham and enjoyed your drinks and cakes very much.
"It's a shame that an independent shop like yours is not being encouraged."