Out with the massive, crumbly cookies, and in with the kind of tiny loaf cakes we can imagine on Marie Antoinette’s table. Read More
Food and Drink
We were thrilled–thrilled!–to find out that Starbucks would apparently start offering Butterbeer, the savory drink served up in Harry Potter. (Anything to bring us a little closer to the world of J.K. Rowlings, without whom the universe is a cold and unfeeling place.)
But like everything else in Muggle reality, this rumor quickly transmogrified into crushing disappointment.
Starbucks will expand into new territory with the opening of a 1,700-square-foot “tea bar” on the Upper East Side.
Teavana Fine Teas + Teavana Tea Bar opens tomorrow at 1142 Madison Avenue. The 11,000-store coffee giant bought the 300-store strong tea emporium brand last year. The Manhattan location will sell drinks priced between $3 and $6 and snacks and small plates between $3 and $15.
The president of a local gun advocacy organization is fuming over a new Starbucks policy that asks patrons to leave their firearms behind when they enter its stores.
“I think that it’s a matter of entrapment,” Tom King, the head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, told YNN’s Capital Tonight.
“What happens if by chance you’re in the store and you have a pistol with you and a cop comes in and sees the pistol or he’s questioning you about something and you tell him you have a pistol?” he asked.
A lawsuit filed in Federal Court last week alleges that Starbucks discriminates against the deaf by refusing to serve them, ejecting them from their stores and making fun of the way they speak.
Twelve plaintiffs, most of whom are deaf and use sign language, filed the suit after encountering repeated acts of discrimination at multiple Read More
The tip situation at Starbucks is a bit ajar.
Starbucks baristas in New York have banded together to fight a company policy that forces them to share their tips with higher-salaried employees, such as assistant managers and shift supervisors.
“This case goes way beyond Starbucks—this would be a huge win for the restaurant industry in Read More
Say Hello to 'Philip'
Turns out Derek Jeter lacks imagination when it comes to things that are not sports or women.
The Uber-Yankee has been caught trying to hoodwink employees in a Greenwich Village Starbucks into believing he’s a man called Philip, according to The New York Post. The plan may have failed when they released he’s Read More
Tales of Retail
James Joyce once puzzled whether it would be possible to cross Dublin without passing a pub. As it turns out, despite having more than 22 pubs per square mile, with the help of a computer algorithm, it just barely is. Today, after The Center for an Urban Future released its fifth annual study ranking the national retailers popping up all over in New York City, it might have found a harder puzzle to solve. With a reported 24 locations per square mile, is it possible to cross New York without passing a chain store?
The report showed a 2.4 percent increase in the total number of chains over the past year, despite prominent retailers like Filene’s Basement and Betsey Johnson closing their doors. It is boom maintained by trusty stalwarts like Dunkin Donuts, which opened 18 stores in the last year for a total of 484 citywide, followed closely by Subways, with 454 locations, and despite seeming to be on every street corner, Starbucks, with a mere 272 locations.
Gays in the rainy Northwest have reason to celebrate tonight: the Washington State Senate voted 28-21 in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage there.
The poetically-named SB 6239, which was supported by major corporations with Washington interests such as Starbucks and Google, will now go to the House, where it also likely to pass. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has indicated in several public statements that she will sign the bill once it lands on her desk.
The Lease Beat
Not many landlords would have reason to celebrate landing a deal with Starbucks, a nearly ubiquitous retail presence in Manhattan.
But at 1140 Broadway, a roughly 200,000 square foot building owned by Colliers International executives Andy Roos and Michael Cohen, the deal the pair recently negotiated with the coffeehouse giant felt notable.