I have been living in this valley for 30 years and I strongly favor Starbucks moving into the new chamber building.
I feel the chamber is somewhere that not only visitors should be drawn to but locals as well. The chamber is a place of local information, the history and the daily happenings of our valley. A coffee shop is a great idea to pull people in and to create an exciting visitors' hub. This town has a strange ability to make it hard for the visitor and in doing so creates an unfriendly atmosphere. The visitor wants to know and feel a part of the town.
Starbucks has been in this town for many years and employs some great, friendly people. It is a great fit. They are just moving down the street—it's not like the city or the URA has gone outside of the area seeking a new business to move into this space. Quite frankly, I believe that the chamber can benefit from the revenue of the rent. People who are opposed to Starbucks or any other vendor who wants to move into the chamber building is acting out of fear and greed.
If we make this too hard for a business to take this space, we will lose this opportunity as we have with past opportunities.
Wake up—this is a win-win for the town.