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Coffey Music

The music store I have talked of is now blogging! Bob, the owner, took possession of the blog yesterday. The name of the music store is Coffey Music. Bob started sending out email updates called, “Relax…It’s Time for a Coffey Break,” (also the name of the blog) that were mini stories about happenings at the store. Blogging seemed to be a natural progression. I am very appreciative of Bob’s resceptiveness to all of this. I know he will do great things with it. I hope to help him move to other social networking venues like Facebook and Flikr or Photobucket.
So, enjoy a Coffey Break and if you ever find yourself in Westminster, stop in and say ‘Hi’ to Bob, Claudia and the guys.

The Music Store (Part 2)…

I talked with the couple who own the music store. They are intrigued and have been asking questions. They have a store website but they voiced their frustration with it being slow to update. Bob, the owner, has started an email update to his customers. It provides nice information about events and happenings but the best part is the slogan he uses in the subject line. It is a great play on the store name and very catchy. That title is what gave me the idea for them to start a blog and possibly move to social websites.
I am excited and but a little nervous. This is the first time I have done anything outside my comfort zone like this. My hope is that helping them start this new promotion tool will increase my knowledge and confidence.

Hey! I have work to do. How cool is that?!

Speaking of Coffee…

Speaking of coffee, let’s talk about offerings in Westminster, MD. There really aren’t too many actual “coffee houses” in town. We have two Starbuck’s, one inside Safeway and a new store that just opened on MD140 in the Crossroad’s Square shopping center. We also have a relatively new Panera in the Westminster Crossing shopping center. It is probably the closest to a chain outlet to compete against Starbuck’s.
The only local coffee house is The Pour House Cafe on Main street. It is a “Seattle-style” coffee house. I like their lattes, though I think Starbuck’s is a little better, and I really like the fact that they are a local place. I like to give them business just for that fact alone. Their customer service is great and the whole atmosphere of the traditional coffee house adds to the experience.
The town could use a couple more coffee shops, in my opinion. I would like to see a Seattle’s Best open in town but they really haven’t open too many stores in Maryland. There is a rumor, though, that a Border’s may open up in the new shopping center planned, The Shops at Meadow Creek.
The two other Seattle’s Best stores in Maryland are located in Border’s Book Stores.
Dunkin Donuts regular coffee is pretty good but it is not my first, or even second and third, choice. It is relatively cheap and has a good flavor. I tried their latte once. They should stick to doughnuts and coffee.
I think there is also room in town for another local coffee shop, maybe at the other end of town closer to the college, in the Seattle style.

So, here is my list of best coffee in Westminster:

1. The Pour House
2. Starbuck’s
3. Panera
4. Dunkin Donuts

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