July 19, 2008 |
Latte-lovers shuddered yesterday to hear Starbucks was closing nine of its 115 caf?s in the Philadelphia area among 600 nationwide. But, really, there was no need to panic. Where one Starbucks is going under, it seems, another is just around the corner. And another, and another, and another. Therein lies the problem that got Starbucks into this whole mess. The Seattle company that transformed coffee from a mud-slurping morning routine to a daily luxury indulgence is now closing a big batch of outlets to stem losses.
August 13, 2007 |
Joseph Grasso, the Philadelphia real estate and business developer, is jumping into the red-hot gourmet-coffee boom with a milder, homier alternative to Starbucks. His firm, Walnut Street Capital, completed the purchase last week of Atlanta-based Saxbys Coffee Worldwide L.L.C. for an undisclosed price. Saxbys headquarters is moving to the Curtis Center, across from Independence Hall. Grasso and partners own the former headquarters of the Curtis magazine empire. He is building a mock-up coffee shop there, where dozens of managers and potential franchise owners will soon be trained each month.
March 1, 2003 |
Cappuccino babes of the world - get naked. Playboy magazine plans to do a picture spread on the "Women of Starbucks," and is asking latte-makers from its more than 6,200 coffee shops worldwide to send in photos. Playboy's Theresa Hennessey said: "Starbucks is such a big part of American pop culture, and Playboy is always trying to stay on top of the latest trend, so it seemed like a natural fit . . . " Starbucks has not warmed to the idea of the joining of these two cultural colossi, saying that it does not endorse the nude-coffee-makers issue.
July 16, 2008 |
The Cherry Hill Mall's $200 million makeover, while expected to boost the mall's appeal when finished, is taking a toll on merchants in the short run. Starbucks Corp. said yesterday it would close one of two sites there, and other merchants have noted a decline in shoppers. "Usually a lot of people walk around exercising in the morning," coffee drinker Ernie Alejo, sitting at the food court, said yesterday. "They stopped because of all the inside construction. A lot of things have closed.
December 24, 2007 |
A glint of violence more common around stop-and-gos in the city's rough neighborhoods struck a busy Starbucks in South Philadelphia, where on Saturday, for no apparent reason, a man repeatedly stabbed a patron waiting for his order, including once in the face. Police said the 5:44 p.m. assault, which left the 29-year-old victim in critical condition yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, remained under investigation. It was unclear whether the attack stemmed from an argument or was just an outburst by a deranged person.
May 19, 1995 |
Can this relationship be saved? Or is trouble brewing over a steamy . . . hot . . . cup of Starbucks coffee? His story: Whenever it's time to correct term papers, Temple religion prof David Watt parks himself in front of the big window at New World Coffee, where he can see Rittenhouse Square across Walnut Street. He grabs a cup of decaf latte and gets to work. "I bet my students get higher grades because I'm a happy guy," said the associate professor. Weekends, when his girlfriend, Laura Levitt, an assistant religion professor at Temple University, visits, they sit at New World, happy with the view, the coffee and each other.
October 15, 2002 |
Even on a Monday night, in this quiet community far from city lights and thumping dance beats, there is a steady stream of people lured by that seductive mermaid on all those coffee cups. A man with slick, black hair wants one of those cups. Actually, two - one for him, and one for that blond he met over there. "Two doppio espresso macchiatos," he says at the counter of the Starbucks on State Street. "Tall. " "Tall" is Starbucks lingo that Tom Peters learned a few years back when the coffee chain opened a store in the borough, which has been transformed by coffee-sipping window-shoppers who linger late into the evening.
December 16, 2004 |
Starbucks is easy to make fun of. It's ubiquitous, cookie-cutter corporate, and - now that your grandmother gets her coffee there - far from cool. They skewered it on The Sopranos, showing a mafioso so incensed by the perceived purloining of Italian cafe culture, he steals a Starbucks coffeepot. In the movie Best in Show, a couple describe how they met, first noticing each other as they sat in separate Starbucks stores across the street. But now a bespectacled Temple University researcher wants you to think about Starbucks in a different way. Hunkered down among the caffeine-jones-ing latte lappers, risking deafness from the airplane roar of the milk-foaming machinery, Bryant Simon sits alone with his Apple PowerBook G4, chronicling the Starbucks zeitgeist.
February 16, 2005 |
Starbucks? Or Three Beans? That is the question. For nearly nine years, two coffee shops have dominated and coexisted in Haddonfield. Each one thrives - booms, in fact. Yet, aside from one obvious similarity - both sell coffee - the shops are completely different. And each has a fiercely loyal clientele. Starbucks, in the center of town, at the corner of Haddon Avenue and Kings Highway, is one of 8,949 Starbucks worldwide, part of a chain that had revenues of $4 billion in 2004.
May 12, 1995 |
At Starbucks Coffee Co., the chief executive, Howard Schultz, refers to his espresso-serving employees by the glamorous Euro-moniker "baristas. " At The Last Drop coffeehouse, the guy tapping the cappuccino machine identifies himself with a shrug as "the coffee jerk. " Different coffeehouses for different folks. And all, say those in the coffee industry, should be able to live together in jittery harmony. When Starbucks opens its first Philadelphia shop at 16th and Walnut streets next Friday, it will be entering territory pioneered by small-business owners: local coffee lovers who carved out a market for gourmet coffee bars where none had existed.