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I have been a little saddened lately. My favorite Starbucks is closing at the end of December. This particular Starbucks is a Cafe design. There is no Drive-Thru and the atmosphere is a neighborhood friendly cafe.
This location is also special to me since the General Contractor that I work full-time for built this location in 2006. Nestled in the prominent neighborhood in Little Rock known as "The Heights," this cafe brings lots of happiness to the neighborhood.
Starbucks recently built a new location a couple miles down the road with a drive-thru. Of course, the sales would be better with a drive-thru because the average American is in a hurry and wants to grab their drink and hurry on. This isn't a good thing!
I, like many others that visit the Kavanaugh location are there to visit and socialize. We don't run late to work so we have time to stop in and socialize with one another. I wish Starbucks would leave this location and realize that while sales might be lower, this location worked perfectly fine for twelve years!
Some of my favorite baristas will move to the new location down the hill. Others will be dispersed throughout the City and suburb areas. It is sad for the co-workers as well since they will have to separate after this long of time. This location is where we came up with the perfect smoothie referred to us all as "The Patty."
I have hired two of my favorites to work with me at L. R. Mourning. I wish we could hire them all! Maybe another coffee shop will go back into this location and the neighborhood folks will be able to sit, relax and socialize with one another again. What a concept!
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