Coffee shop, sorta, comes to Salemtown-Germantown area, sorta


Ok, first of all it’s a Starbucks (ok, I admit it, I actually like their coffee) and it’s technically in Salemtown by the stretchiest of Salemtown border definitions.

Many years ago, my current neighborhood had it’s northernmost section lopped off by what is now known as the I-65 loop. Salemtown extends from Hume on the south end to Dominican on the north end and is bounded by 8th and 3rd on the west and east sides respectively. Domincan is located at the southernmost end of Metrocenter and is on the OTHER side of the interstate from most of Salemtown. The relevance of this geography lesson is ….

According to a story sent to me by my wonderful neighbor AND a sign that just popped up on the southeast corner of 8th and Domican, a Starbucks is on its way. It really isn’t intended to be a neighborhood java joint according to plan and location, and we really need a coffee-klatch outlet IN the neighborhood (how about Morgan Park Place which neatly sits almost between S-town and G-town, and, how about Bongo Java or Portland Brew or Kijiji, rather than the corporate brew?), but, caffeine addicts can’t be choosers, just yet.

It is in walking distance, kinda, but crossing the access lanes to I-65 is generally a more exciting walk than I’m prone to take. I’ll take it, but I (and a host of fellow neighbors) WANT MORE!

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4 responses to “Coffee shop, sorta, comes to Salemtown-Germantown area, sorta

  1. more starbucks for everyone! we need one on every corner, or sometimes two to just to keep the lines down!

    the gigantic souless chain has come to the town i grew up in… after the failure of more than one local attempt at a coffee shop while i was growing up. but hey, i’m not bitter.

    i’m NOT.

  2. I’m a Germantown guy who’s done the math (and even talked to the Lawrences before Morgan Park was built) to try to make a real, live, local joint work. God bless the folks who finally make it happen. Until then, I’ll see everyone on the North side at Starbucks.

  3. I’m with Sam. I want to see a non-corporate coffee place somewhere in a neighborhood-friendly locale, but I’ll buy a few drinks at the new Starbucks just to be a good sport about it.

  4. The nice thing is that the Starbucks is in Metro Center and it will be supported by the business district and Watkins. Which means we could have a little indie shop in between the two neighborhoods, and the competition would be pretty small. The business district barely knows our neighborhood exists, and most people in G-town and S-town despise starbucks. No real loss if you ask me.

    By the way, Portland Brew’s new shop in East Nashville just opened. Its located on Eastland, next to the Redpepper (a fabulous place to eat).

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