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  •  I'm not sure that i agree with you 100% ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... on your police work there, Lou ...

    I was chatting with a woman who purchased a coffee shop in downtown Portland.  She said she actually credits Starbucks for basically creating the demand for coffee that keeps her shop in business.  She believes there's plenty of room for all.

    •  oooooh! what's the name of her shop? (2+ / 0-)
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      estreya, Heart of the Rockies

      i'll have to go there.

      and yes; we're notorious coffee junkies here, so we can support lots of coffee shops.  but a lot of communities lose local shops when starbucks rolls in.

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 05:56:36 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure of the name, but it's right near ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Nordstrom's Rack, on that corner there.  It used to be owned by a lovely fellow who made the most scrumptious cappuccinos, and she apparently purchased the shop from him when he retired.

        I was kind of jarred by the transition, actually, because he had soft jazz playing, and lots of little bistro tables with modern lights strung up overhead.  She put in black leather sofas, and added display stands for more merchandise.  But it was all good i guess.  I'm just resistant to change. :)

        I admit, i patronize little coffee shops, Starbucks, whatever's near when i'm out and about and in the mood for coffee.  If i found a little shop in a convenient location that made my "dream" cappuccino and had the kind of atmosphere that begs one to linger, i'd be more loyal.  When i lived in Canada, there were two such shops!  I rarely went to Starbucks when i lived in Canada. :)

        Honestly, i don't have my heart in the challenge of  your assertions.  There may be some measure of truth to both viewpoints ...

        •  i think both can be true (1+ / 0-)
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          in the right environment, starbucks boost demand for coffee.  in the wrong one, it eats competition.

          Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

          by Cedwyn on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:29:19 PM PDT

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          •  Agreed! (1+ / 0-)
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            By the way, that encounter happened over a year ago, so who knows if she's still in business, or if she still feels the same way ...

            I haven't been downtown in an eon ...

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