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Starbucks Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day & Holiday Season November 26, 2008

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      Starbucks is contributing to the efforts to fight AIDS by donating 5 cents of each drink purcased
      on Dec 1 to the Global Fund.
This year marks the 20th World AIDS day.  Although significant work has been done to help AIDS victims, it still remains to be a major health burden.

This year marks the 20th World AIDS day. Although significant work has been done to help AIDS victims, it still remains to be a major health burden.

If you cannot make it on Dec 1 or choose to go elsewhere for your morning cup of joe, Starbucks will contribute 5 cents to the Global Fund for every one of the following holiday drinks that are purchased between Nov 27 and Jan. 2:

Expresso Truffle                                                                     
Gingersnap Latte
Peppermint Twist Mocha

The above offers excludes bottled beverages. Click here to find your local Starbucks.

 

Turning Point Benefit at Everyday Joes November 19, 2008

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Everyday Joes will be hosting a benefit for Turning Point, a local organization that offers numerous services for at risk youth and their families.  The benefit is on Saturday, Nov. 22.  Scott Von will be performing from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

 

Scott Von is a Colorado musician who is influenced                               scott_von1
by Americana and American folk music.  Von has
won recognition at many music festivals including
the Lyons Folk Festival and the Swallow Hill Music
Festival among others.

 

Here are reviews from a few of his many fans:

“What I heard and saw in Scott Von was a pure,
unfettered, joyful expression of life.  He made
me want to hug my kids, kiss my sweetheart,
and change the world.  He is that pure, that
authentic, and that infectious.  If there’s something
other than singing that he is supposed to be doing
here, it’s hard to imagine what that might be…”
– Rachel Snyder

 “One of my favorites! He can live in my CD player…”
– Maggie Simpson, Planet Bluegrass instructor

 

Poetry Reading at Mugs Coffee Lounge November 18, 2008

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of CSU will be hosting their annual, “Odes of November” annual poetry reading at Mugs Coffee Lounge on Nov. 20. 

The event will be held in the basement of Mugs and begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends around 9:00 p.m.

Features Poets will be:

Francisco Leal
Fernando Valerio

Gretchen Gaede

For more information please contact:

Fernando Valerio
(970) 491- 5022
fvalerio@mail.colostate.edu

Mugs is located in Old Town on the corner of College and Olive Street.

 

Coffee Sales Suffer from Recession November 15, 2008

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As Starbucks sales continue to fall, reports have shown that bagged coffee sales from stores such as Stabucks have continued to grow. Although people continue to brew at home, the company’s shares have dwindled down by more than 50% in the past year.  Starbucks has recently closed around six hundred stores in the United States. There have been no closings in Fort Collins yet but click here for a list of closed stores nationwide.

Loyal customers of Starbucks have started online petitions to keep the stores open. Local businesses worry that their local Starbucks will result in less traffic intheir area that would lead to lostbusiness.  This is a dramatic shift fromthe protests that occured whenStarbucks began their rapid expansionof stores.  Local businesses ownerswere felt threatened that Starbuckswould take away their business butnow see that Starbucks has actuallyadded to the commercial value ofproperty.

With the future of the economy looking bleak, Starbucks will have to find ways to brand itself as a product work splurging for in a tight budget.  A recent partnerships with Costco has pushed that strategy ahead.  Five $20 Starbucks cards are available to buy at Costco for $79.95.  This offer is a holiday special and one millions cards were sold in the first month that they were sold.  Starbucks also offers $25 gold cards that give customers 10% off each purchase.  These cards were initially test in Denver and Vancouver and were made available to the rest of the world on Nov 4.

Starbucks sales started to see a dramatic drop in the first few months of 2008.  A fellow blogger set up this diagram to poke fun at the coffee giant's growth and decline.

Starbucks sales started to see a dramatic drop in the first few months of 2008. A blogger at guruofgrowth.com set up this diagram to poke fun at the coffee giant's growth and decline.

 

Brian Collins to play at Catalyst Coffee November 13, 2008

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Brian Collins of the band Wasabi will be performing at Catalyst Coffee on November 13 & 14.  The show will begin at 7 p.m. on November 13 and at 9 p.m. on November 14.

Brian Collins plays the keyboard and also does             
vocals for his band, Wasabi.  To listen to his
solo work, check out his MySpace page.

Catalyst Coffee is an expresso bar and wine
tasting bar that is located at:
3501 S. Shields
Fort Collins, CO 80526

For more information please call 970-223-9035

 

Tom Kimmel visits Fort Collins November 10, 2008

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Singer-songwriter, Tom Kimmel, will be performing at the Bean Cycle on Thursday, November 13 at 8 p.m.

The Alabama native has contributed his lyrics to big names such as Johnny Cash and Joe Cocker. His works have also been included in soundtracks including Runaway Bride, Serendipity and Twins.

Kimmell also a compilation of his poetry out for sale titled, The Sweetest and the Meanest.

Check out his poetry here at his website or listen to his music and become a fan at his MySpace page.

The Bean Cycle is located at 144 N. College Avenue in Old Town.

 

Starbucks breaks the law November 6, 2008

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Starbucks found itself in trouble once again for their campaign to encourage voters to get to the polls.

Starbucks offered to give free coffee to anyone who could provide proof that they voted on Election Day. After realizing that this was illegal in some states, stores started to give a tall coffee to anyone who asked for it, regardless of their participation in the election. The idea started from an open blog on the Starbucks website that encourages input from their customers.

According to an MSNBC article, a federal statute prohibits giving away any freebies or paying someone to vote or not to vote.

“Unfortunately, it’s against federal law, it turns out,” said David Ammons, Communication Director for the Secretary of State.  ” So we contacted Starbucks corporation, obviously a wonderful Washington company, but we had to tell them gently that, ‘Hey, this is against federal law.”