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Montrose Starbucks Will Open Friday

Crescenta Valley High School graduate Joe Agnone will manage the new Starbucks location at 2282 Honolulu Avenue, near Ocean View Boulevard.

The grand opening of Montrose's --Starbucks happens Friday. 

The Seattle-based coffee chain will open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday for the first time, said Crescenta Valley High School graduate and manager Joe Agnone. 

The location at 2282 Honolulu Avenue, near Ocean View Boulevard, has been under construction the past several months. 

The original bank floors are still intact and locals are invited to check out the coffee house on opening day, Agnone told Patch. 

Check back with Patch for photos from opening day. 

Montrose Man September 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I am new to Patch. And I like the "Hometown" feel rather than the world at large issues everyday in typical press. I have also been living in Montrose for 10 years and loving it! It is truly one of the great gems of a modern world with it's roots going back over 100 years. And now of course, there's Starbucks. Will having this coffee mecca put Montrose on the map? WIll hordes of SB drinkers disown the one less than a half mile up the hill next to the theaters? Will they come Zombie like to a new portal to sip a Latte' while Kindling or FB on their Laptop? Probably. What I would really like would have been to have placed there would be a Jamba Juice. That would have made my day- especially to offset the sugar crazed addictions to the coffee and gallons O' yogurt served on the same corner, rather than just more caffeine. I fear Montrose will now become a caffeine fiends den of inequity, like slow vultures seeking those bleached bones of one more Mocha or muffin. Perhaps, and this is a wild possibility- And the greatest rumor of all- based on the trade secret that it only costs a mere 30 cents for SB to make it's most expensive coffee drink, including employee wages, that we will see finally the long awaited Coffee Wars. Where both chains- Starbucks and Coffee Bean begin undercutting their extravagant price for a cup o' Joe, to say only "A Buck a Brew." anyone?
Montrose Man September 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
A Last word on locals- Perhaps- Since Patch is for our local community, we should also consider supporting LOCAL restaurants rather than large chains for coffee like Starbucks and such. How about Rocky Cola Cafe, City Hall Coffee Shop, Tazza Coffee, Montrose Home Bakery, Black Cow (Great Mocha) and one of the hidden gems, Java Brew next to the framing store White's Gallery on Honolulu.
Bruce Weide September 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yup. I agree a really bad deal for CBTL who is so well loved in the community. But folks, I gotta say there's two sides to every story. I personally had just a couple of discussions with CBTL about working with them to beat Starbuck's to the punch, and while cordial, they were not all over it and stopped showing interest after just a couple of calls. I don't see that their corporate offices did much of anything to jump in to Montrose and get creative about their participation in the course of events either. Correct me if I'm wrong for sure. But the usual denial line for competition next door (I'm not just talkin CBTL here) is "Oh, they don't offer the same thing," "We don't really see it as competition." Well, all I can say is that especially in this day, retail business is not a spectator sport. And you better be proactive about your competition. I just hope there's room for both of them and wish them both the best. And now, I'd like to use this opportunity to invite you all to my new storefront "Caffeine-aholics Anonymous" which will opening up just as soon as Faye's decides to move out. Something just tells me it the right place at the right time!
Bruce Weide September 05, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Right on, right on, to that, Montrose Man!
Bambi Leigh September 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Yes, let me second the Java Brew recommendation! A lovely little coffee oasis with a charming patio and friendly service - I often wonder why it's not more frequented. Plus in the mornings you can get a nice, cooked to order egg muffin sandwich to accompany your coffee... much more appetizing than those tired old blueberry muffins in the Starbucks case.

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