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You probably would never have guessed Williamsburg is a stomping ground for the Illuminati, but the bro-heavy neighborhood has taken a turn to the spooky. Not only is it the stomping ground of disgraced, war-happy, human rights-violating ex-presidents, Crain’s reports today that the corporate mega-chains moving in see Williamsburg as a “secret lab,” in which they can jot down the shopping habits of the urban elite and learn to craft the aesthetic for Middle America. YOU’RE BEING WATCHED BY LULULEMON, SHEEPLE! Which, along with Helmut Lang apparently has plans to come to Williamsburg. (more…)
There’s nothing like your neighborhood coffee shop. Even though they all exist to do the same thing, which is to pump legally acceptable speed into your brain, each one does it a little differently. Whether one specializes in latte art, sourcing the most magical coffees from the far-flung corners of the world or they just always hire incredibly cute baristas, the neighborhood coffee shop is far from a homogenous enterprise. And now Williamsburg is getting themselves another independent operator to add to their collection of them, a new place called…Starbuck’s? Sorry, no, Starbucks. Williamsburg is getting a Starbucks, and they’re hiring. (more…)
Well, kids, April 15th is almost done! Or, at the very least, it’s very nearly a reasonable time to crack open that bottle of Jim Beam you bought with what little money the government left you with. Luckily, though we’re all desperately hoping the IRS might not find a daily bodega coffees a suspicious deduction, there are a bunch of warm-blooded American companies out there willing to dole out freebies even to the self-employed. Take a look, and let us know of any other gratis goodies out there today in the comments: (more…)
Good news everyone! Today, and through Sunday, each day between 2pm and 5pm, Starbucks has instituted a buy one, get one free policy for their holiday drinks. So if you love you some peppermint mocha, gingerbread latte, eggnog latte, caramel brulee late or “skinny” peppermint mocha, you can go down to Starbucks and double your sugar/caffeine fix. Or you can get grab one for a friend, but what is this, the time of year known for doing nice things for people?
Since quitting my museum job a month ago and starting a job at a coffee shop, my life has simplified considerably. No more getting screamed at by crowds of people in foreign languages, no more answering the same question 873 times a day, and no more hour-long peak-time commutes. The only down side: customers who require very special attention and behave badly when they don’t receive it. Trust me, we’re here for you soy macchiato drinkers; nobody sets out to be a bitchy barista. So how about you don’t do any of these things on your next coffee run? (more…)
Sure, there are lots of things that could save you money or time by making coffee at home — your handheld electric grinders or the decidedly non eco-friendly k-cup craze, etc.. But the act of purchasing a cup of coffee at the local coffee shops can feel more like a ritual than a necessity. Yet ritual doesn’t always overshadow expense. Two things happen when you purchase coffee out: You pay sometimes upwards of $3.50 just to satisfy a caffeine craving; and you end up using a disposable paper cup that adds to a growing waste problem. Despite this, there is a way to be at peace both environmentally and financially while continuing to buy your coffee. Here is a list of coffee shops that offer a discount for bringing in a reusable cup: (more…)
Are you having trouble getting your job prospects … straight? Looking for a new job without its own don’t ask don’t tell policy? On Thursday, you can be a step closer to your fabulous dream job by attending the Out to Work job fair, the largest LGBT career fair and workshop event in the Northeast, with 23 companies participating. You can expect some of the usual gay friendly go-to companies — Starbucks, Equinox and Whole Foods — as well as a couple companies that make you go “Really??” like Goldman Sachs and even News Corp. The fair is meant to assist a community that can sometimes have extra trouble finding suitable employment. So far, more than 800 people have already pre-registered, and many more expected are expected to show up. (more…)