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Corporate Coffee Culture

By Jesse Fruhwirth
Posted // March 24,2010 -
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Employees of locally owned coffee shop Coffee Garden tipped off City Weekly reporter Stephen Dark that their cafe had sought a lease at the new 222 Main Street office tower—the soon-to-be-home of Wall Street banking giant Goldman Sachs—and was rejected (see “Coffee Garden not good enough for 222”, March 18).

Readers lamented the cafe’s difficulty. Coffee Garden, the in-store coffee shop to Main Street-mainstay Sam Weller's Bookstore, will eventually move because Sam Weller’s intends to relocate. Commenters offered consolation prizes: “So go around the corner to the Beehive Tea Room. Tea is more civilized than coffee, anyway,” wrote Bill. “McDonald’s has good coffee for a buck; who needs ripoffs?” wrote goodspiritone. “And don’t forget about Beans & Brews; they’re just a short jaunt across Gallivan [Square] ... almost as close as Starbucks but much better,” wrote otheroptions.

Others lamented the corporate culture they envision 222’s tenants bringing to the neighborhood, which is just two doors away from City Weekly’s offices. “222 doesn’t want to deal with the people Coffee Garden would attract,” wrote anonymous. “Can you imagine a CW staffer standing in line, in his shorts, aloha shirt and sneakers or Birkenstocks, along with a gaggle of perfectly coiffed and uniformed Goldman Sachs warriors getting their morning octane?”

Spokespeople for 222’s listing agency, CB Richard Ellis, did not return e-mails requesting comment.

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