Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Local Cafe "Delocater"

Since he was a teenager, my son has said that people who frequent Starbucks are "feeding the beast." Even though I knew he was at least partly right about that, I've still managed to get in my 2-3 trips there every week.

Today independent media outlet Media Mouse comments on the Grand Rapids Press and WZZM TV 13 giving "free publicity" to a new Starbucks location in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel downtown. Both media outlets covered the store's opening as "news," and Media Mouse gave a rundown of things the chain has been crticized for.

Which is a really long-winded way of telling you about Delocater. It's a site dedicated to preserving local cafes by pinpointing them side by side with the Starbucks franchises within a five-mile radius of any ZIP code you type in. The idea is that once you become aware of them, you would of course want to take your business to the locally owned cafes. From the "Why Delocate" page:
Currently, independently owned caf├ęs around the world are under aggressive attack; and their numbers have been sharply decreasing for many years. is a means to preserve these local businesses.
Near my house are two Starbucks stores plus a Beaner's franchise. (Delocater concerns itself only with Starbucks, however.) Almost as close are seven independent cafes. One of them, Common Ground, I've blogged about; the other is Beanabox Cafe and I've visited there a few times. Both are great places and unlike Starbucks they have free Wi-fi. So why, again, do I visit the franchises so often? Hmmm.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I've been nagging you (subtly, maybe) about that for a while. I just ignore it when you tell me you grabbed a Starbucks cuz I KNOW you could have gone to Beaner's instead -- and I know you don't want me naggin' ya anymore. Maybe Drew can be more convincing?


2:11 PM  
Blogger pairadocs said...

Beaner's is great! Started in Lansing too... I used to spend many waking (and half-waking) hours there in college...

(but yeah, Starbucks is good coffee)

5:25 PM  
Anonymous kathleen said...

Well, I was considering Beaners to be more on the "evil corporate conglomerate" side of things ... I learned just recently that they started in Lansing. There was guy at the counter not long ago who I did not recognize and he said he had come over for the day from headquarters so that the local managers could go to some training.

Which shows you, Lor, that I do go there quite a bit. It's just that now that school has started and I have to haul Susan to school and we are always running late, I do not have time to stop until after I drop her off.

Not-so-conveniently, there is nothing between FH Eastern High and Quixtar except our beloved Ada Starbucks.

I guess my solution should be to get out of the house earlier and stop off at Beanabox before I get on the road ...

Still, I DO like Starbucks, dammit! Oh, what do do?!

9:49 AM  

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