Dark days in Bluffton

July 15, 2008

Poor Bluffton. It got to be trendy for just a few months:

Starbucks Corp. has announced company-operated stores in Indianapolis and Bluffton are on the initial list of locations to be closed as part of the coffee retailer’s massive streamlining plan. A store on West 16th Street in Indianapolis and another on North Main Street in Bluffton will close by the end of the month.

The Bluffton store opened just last year. What will people there do for coffee at the end of the month? Trudge to the store — in all kinds of weather, no matter what other chores there are — and buy their coffee, just as people did in pioneer days? Have to find their own water with which to brew the coffee? Figure out how to mix in the right amounts of cream and sugar? Endure the hardship of cleaning the pot and cups? Agonize over how to dispose of the used grounds?

What a terrible tragedy.


2 Responses to “Dark days in Bluffton”

  1. Harl Delos Says:

    For a long time, the folks at Starbucks refused to add drive-thru windows, because they thought the primary reason people came was to escape the job and the family. (They had five stores selling beans before they ever started selling espresso-based drinks.)

    You can get a Krups espresso machine for $244 plus $10.72 at QVC, but where are you going to find escape? It gets REALLY expensive when a cop catches you driving home from a bar…

    And if you hit a school bus before the cop catches you, it’s even more expensive….

  2. Bob G. Says:

    The kind of “tragedy” you speak off has got me ROFLMAO…
    Perhaps they WILL “discover” what it’s like to do for ONESELF…all they need do is CHALLENGE THEMSELVES!
    (what a concept, eh?)
    No Coffee-Drinker Left Behind!


    (proud micro-brewer & owner of a “vintage” Mr Coffee)

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