Thursday, June 25, 2009
Starbucks Tamarac Square...farewell
Last Friday saw the close of a Starbucks I have been frequenting since the inception of this ACW thing. It was a great destination. Easy bike access, great patio, sturdy rack to lock to in plain sight. We would often end up here at the end of moonlit winter night urban rides. Part of the vast 850 mile Denver trail network rolls up to the back side of the building. Paved trails that are paralleled and crossed with twisty singletrack made for some great rides. We rolled down there at least once on seemingly every type of bike we could pedal. Highweeler, folder, tandem, road, fixed, BMX, mountain, cross.
Anyhow. A very unfortunate combination of a mall that is long since past it's prime and the current economy have brought this particular location to it's knees. I knew it was coming and was honestly surprised to see they stuck it out as long as they did, but it still sucks. The big "Green" may get a bad rap, but damn it they brought coffee to the masses. They helped reintroduce the concept of cafe's as social meeting places. Yes they have maybe lost their way a bit and drifted out too far into the corporate sea...but there are more mom and pop shops alive and well today due in large part to them.
I rode there closing day for a last cup.
Cheers and thanks due.