CHS Pics | After a decade on Broadway, it’s the last days of the Starbucks ‘indie’ cafe at Roy Street Coffee and Tea

These are your final days to enjoy a Capitol Hill peculiarity in the Starbucks global coffee empire. Sunday is slated to be the final day of business at Roy Street Coffee and Tea.

On our visit, CHS found some nostalgic chalkboard messaging and huge “for lease” posters in the windows. The rumor mill for what comes next has been pretty quiet and permit activity doesn’t yield any clues. Continue reading

Yes, there is a Nazi connection to these Capitol Hill chains

Craft beer. Journalism. Coffee. Sometimes issues in the global industrial marketplace reverberate all the way to 12th Ave thanks to Capitol Hill business connections to worldwide conglomerates.

Fascism watchers of Seattle social media, you can stop messaging CHS. We’ll make sure people are aware. If it helps inform your latte buying decisions, know that Panera Bread and Stumptown Coffee have, well, a Nazi past:

“It is all correct,” family spokesman Peter Harf, who is one of two managing partners of JAB Holdings, told Bild. “Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty. The two men have passed away, but they actually belonged in prison.”

Reports document the use of forced labor and support for Hitler by the German family whose company owns controlling stakes in a massive portfolio of companies with brands familiar to Seattle consumers including Stumptown. Continue reading

With planned closure of Roy Street Coffee, Starbucks experiment on Capitol Hill will end — UPDATE

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A Starbucks experiment that began ten years ago on Capitol Hill is set to come to an end. Roy Street Coffee and Tea will close this spring.

The global coffee giant hasn’t yet responded to CHS’s inquiry about the planned closure but customers of the Roy at Broadway cafe have been told the location will close at the end of April. UPDATE 2/19/19: Starbucks says they are leaving the location completely at the end of April:

As part of Starbucks standard course of business, we continually evaluate our business to ensure a healthy store portfolio. After careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to close the store on Roy Street. Our last day at this location will be April 28, 2019. All Starbucks partners (employees) working at that store will have the opportunity to transfer to one of our locations in Seattle.

An effort is already underway to “save” the indie-style Starbucks cafe: Continue reading

Madison Park resident considers ‘centrist independent’ run for president

Schultz inside the 23rd and Jackson Starbucks for a 2015 forum on race and policing (Image: Casey Jaywork for CHS)

Could America elect a president who probably couldn’t even win a race for his own district’s City Council seat?

Probably not.

But former Starbucks CEO and longtime Madison Park lakefront mansion resident Howard Schultz is apparently passing up his opportunity to challenge socialist incumbent Kshama Sawant for her seat representing his District 3 on the Seattle City Council in 2019 and, instead, gearing up for a “centrist independent” run for president in 2020. Continue reading

Gay City spreads out as Kaladi Brothers settles into new (old) home on E Pike

A long, fruitful partnership on E Pike has ended — but everybody is still friends. Kaladi Brothers Coffee is now spread out in its own space just a few doors down as its longtime partner Gay City sets to work on creating a new library and resource center in the former cafe space.

CHS reported on the planned move for Kaladi this summer as the Alaska-born coffee chain’s sole Seattle location readied for the new E Pike address. While the move was logistically easy thanks to an underground connection in the building, the buildout of the former Sun Liquor bottling facility took a bit longer than expected. Continue reading

Harry Potter Trivia: Winter at Hogwarts (Free)

Come along to a ‘Winter at Hogwarts’ Trivia! This Harry Potter event is being cohosted by The Lounge by AT&T and the ‘Harry Potter Seattleites’ meetup group. Tickets are FREE (with a suggested donation of a canned/non-perishable food item for charity).

Come deck the fairy lights in your best Yule Ball or Weasley Sweater attire (prizes may be given). If you’d prefer to celebrate Lord Voldemort’s New Year birthday, rock your Death Eater outfit instead!

All questions will be from the original 7 Harry Potter books, with an overarching theme of ‘Winter at Hogwarts’. You can be in teams of up to 4 people, just as long as you’re cool with splitting the prize (which will go to the top 3 teams). This event will be child friendly.

The Lounge is a partnership between AT&T and Ada’s Discovery Café. They serve drinks and very tasty pastries, and you’ll also get a free coffee if you download their app.

We’ll start shortly after 4 so that people have time to trickle in and get drinks, and there will also be breaks between each round. We’re expecting this to end more around 5:30 than 6.

Good luck, we hope to see you there!

You can see our Meetup event here:

Winter at Hogwarts Trivia (Free)!

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019, 4:00 PM

The Lounge By AT&T
800 E Thomas Street Seattle, WA

14 No-Majs Attending

We’re having a ‘Winter at Hogwarts’ Trivia! I’m cohosting this Harry Potter event with The Lounge by AT&T. Tickets are FREE. As we’d love to extend the Christmas goodwill through the rest of the year, we also have a suggested donation of a canned/non-perishable food item for charity. Come deck the fairy lights in your best Yule Ball or Weasley Swea…

Check out this Meetup →

And Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/232712764316162/

Movie Night: Movies So Bad, They’re Good!

FEATURED MOVIE: Catwoman (2004)

January is the month for movies that are so bad we can’t help but love them! Join us every Thursday at The Lounge for some of our favorites and get your first cup of coffee on us*!

To find out more about our movie showings, and other events we have, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T – in Google Play store or Apple App Store. You can also follow us on Instagram @thelounge

*Limited time offer. Must download ”The Lounge by AT&T” app to redeem. Offer valid for first time visitors only.

Lounge Pop-Up @ Tet In Seattle

Want to get your hands on some swag? Find us at the AT&T booth for a chance to get your hands on awesome merchandise like PopSockets, water bottles, and more!

To find out about other events we host, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T – in Google Play store or Apple App Store. You can also follow us on Instagram @thelounge

Disaster Book Club: A Paradise Built in Hell

Psssst! We’re back!

Join us for our May 2019 Disaster Book Club event! In April, we will be reading Rebecca Solnit’s “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster.” Using case studies and personal experiences, Melanie Cole from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management will be there to lead a presentation on community building post-disaster.

About the Book: The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster’s grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

*With “The Lounge by AT&T” app, you can find out additional details of this and upcoming events and also receive a free cup of coffee from Ada’s Discovery Café.

Movie Night: Movies So Bad, They’re Good

FEATURED MOVIE: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

January is the month for movies that are so bad we can’t help but love them! Join us every Thursday at The Lounge for some of our favorites and get your first cup of coffee on us*!

To find out more about our movie showings, and other events we have, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T – in Google Play store or Apple App Store. You can also follow us on Instagram @thelounge

*Limited time offer. Must download ”The Lounge by AT&T” app to redeem. Offer valid for first time visitors only.