Commerce Quite suddenly. My last visit was last Thursday where I sat on the ground floor beneath the stairs near the Wood Street entrance and read that week's comics. Passing by this morning I saw the above. Asking at the check out in the Home Bargains next door but one, it seems have shut on Monday.
Now I know what a couple of you are thinking, and presumably poised to type into a social media text box, it's just an outlet of a multi-national company which doesn't pay as much tax as it should and there are still plenty of independent coffee shops in the area and here's a list of them, and yes all of that is true.
But I like Starbucks coffee and I liked this space which like the best outlets was modular. The seating area at the front and beneath the stairs. Half way up the stairs overlooking Wood Street and at the top with the massive table and easy access to the toilets. Plus it tended to be less manically busy than some cafes, which was probably ultimately its downfall.
Like any space you visit regularly we have history and this blog has history with it. Not as much as I thought, but there's plenty of business here in which a visit to this Starbucks would also have been involved. In any case, to memorialise, here's an archive of links to previous posts on this blog specifically about Starbucks on Bold Street.
When I entirely failing to deal with a private view at the venue which filled the space before Starbucks moved in (about 2000).
When one of the items I'd Bookcrossed in there was found in 2003.
When another of the items I'd Bookcrossed was found too.
When I went for a coffee with the best new person I met in 2003. Which I reflected upon in 2013.
When it became a third place in 2004.
When I badgered them about buying the acoustic version of Alanis's Jagged Little Pill (which was an exclusive in the US).
When I the Christmas blend for the first time in 2006.
When I read the first issue of the Buffy: Season Seven comic in March 2007.
When I into a Gingerbread Latte while listening to the Doctor Who audio The Auntie Matter in August 2013.