(Asheville Citizen-Times) A West Asheville coffee shop that has been the source of controversy and protests in recent weeks was quietly handed over Monday afternoon to new owners, who already run a successful downtown coffee house. Kristin and Ross Britton, owners for five years of Izzy’s Coffee Den on North Lexington, acquired the equipment and lease for Waking Life Espresso. “We have been looking for a location for a long time, and we have been interested in West Asheville for a long time,” Kristin Britton said Monday as a locksmith was changing locks on the former Waking Life business. “We envision a sweet neighborhood shop that reflects this neighborhood and that will be fun to come to every day.” Waking Life had been a source of fierce controversy after former owners Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens were connected to misogynistic Internet posts that came to light last month.

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