Ithaca Blog

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Coffeehouse Doings and Goings Downtown

We're sorry to note the closing of Juna's coffeehouse on the Commons. Juna's was a locally-owned place that took a hit when Starbucks came to the Hilton hotel, about 500 feet away.

Meanwhile, Starbucks is closing world-wide for three hours this evening, for a franchise seminar of some type. A newspaper in England speculated that it was to teach them how to make coffee.

Some time back, the Onion satirical newspaper ran a piece about Starbucks that emerges now as comically prescient. They had Starbucks closing early one day, shuttering its windows, to prepare for "Phase 2" of their organizational mission. Baristas would appear the next day with logo armbands and a robotic but purposeful demeanor.

Does life follow art? We'll know tomorrow. If you go for a look, note that the Starbucks here has two egresses, in case you need to escape.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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