in other blogs : starbucks gets into the coffee & tea trade, city explodes

this 1977 photo of the original starbucks courtesy of by Seattle Municipal Archives [flickr] arrived via our group pool [#].
  • One of the oldest Starbucks stores in the city, originally slated for closure during last summer’s massacre [mb]; didn’t actually close as originally reported (and commenter corrected) last month [chs]. Instead, it’s being “reborn” as “15th Avenue Coffee & Tea”, one of three debranded, alcohol-serving, live-event hosting cafes being tested in the city after months of observation of other less corporate neighborhood coffee houses. [seattletimes]
  • Unsurprisingly, Seattleites are horrified, both by the mainstream’s late arrival to the scene and the arrival of a “stealth” Starbucks [chs], certain that the company’s moves to address complaints of impersonality will fall flat. [slog]
  • The less enraged might say that imitation is a form of flattery [seattlest] or the more optimistic think that it’s “Not a bad idea. Coffee/bars are a hit” [twitter/moniguzman]
  • You’ll be able to find this new highly controversial Fifteenth Avenue store by looking for the cafe painted the same color as the salvaged wood planter box in front of Smith [voracious], a decoration concept gone too far, allegedly inducing Linda Derschang’s “blood to boil”. [slog]

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