Story & Photo – Joseph Boyle
Since 2010 when I joined Publisher Ben Sclair’s effort related to publishing The Suburban Times, it became quickly apparent that you, our valued readers, are drawn to The Suburban Times because of the in-depth investigative reporting on important and pivotal stories that are constantly unfolding in the very pathway of your lives. Many of you have told me that The Suburban Times is very much like The New York Times only cheaper.
It is for this very reason that Mr. Sclair has dispatched me back into the field to do a follow-up story to my recent Westside Story, titled “North Bend Starbucks Goes Dark“.
As I travel toward North Bend, I can only imagine what I am going to learn about the sole surviving North Bend Starbucks.
What follows is a well researched report related to information you may well find vital if you are ever going to travel on the I-90 corridor after learning about the recent Starbucks closure.
Stand by, I must quit typing and start my in-depth investigating. I will start with a “Joe’s Special” otherwise known as a wet cappuccino. I will kick back and drink in the ambience while I look around to see if I can spot anyone I might know from my past.
I will get back to you.
Here it is, May 15, 2013 already. Just this morning, I completed my field research by visiting the North Bend Starbucks. I am happy to report that the sole surviving North Bend Starbucks meets my expectations. The only exception to my rave review and I have to be honest, is that the curb appeal is hovering around -1. On the positive side, once you get inside, the joint is “jumpin”. It is a happening place to be. The interior is spacious, well appointed, with a wide variety and supply of seating. Over all it is delightful.
So you will be happy to learn that there is no reason to boycott North Bend. It is a civilized place to hang out. They have a Starbucks.