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The steaming hot market for drive-thru coffee shops

Across the country there is an ongoing boom in freestanding drive-thru/walk-up coffee shops. These units rarely, if ever, incorporate indoor seating, though they may have some outdoor seats. Instead these shops are designed and meant for customers on the go … Continue reading

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Best brewed coffee shop names from around the globe

The following is a list of my favorite coffee shop names that have creative, catchy, edgy, and fun names from across the world. Part of the success in any business is a memorable name. That being said, a great name … Continue reading

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Two celebrity cafes

For fun, here are photos of two coffee shops/cafes in the United Kingdom that have a certain amount of celebrity status associated with them. The first is the Beatles Coffee Shop in London. If you take the excellent and interesting … Continue reading

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Coffee “ground” wars brewing around us

One Interstate highway interchange here in Greater Lansing clearly depicts the ongoing coffee ground wars taking place across the American landscape.  Just off Exit 110 on I-96 are no less than five major coffee shop chains, plus another well-known coffee … Continue reading

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Brewing up a “social” library

A lingering image of traditional libraries for many is to visualize in our mind’s eye a librarian holding their finger to their mouth and indicating a silent “shush.” While I am not advocating for all hell breaking loose in libraries, … Continue reading

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Brewing up great third places – coffee shops (updated)

This is to be the first of a series of posts that I plan to write on “great third places.” It is an excellent and accurately descriptive term coined by Ray Oldenburg in his book, The Great Good Place. A third place … Continue reading

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A seat at the periodic table

There was an interesting story in the USA Today portion of the local paper on Sunday about a new trend in the food and beverage industry — science pubs or cafes. What a great idea! To me, this sounds downright … Continue reading

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