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Starbucks Opens in Downtown Napa

The controversial downtown Starbucks opened its doors at 5 a.m. Thursday. Will you be stopping by for some coffee and perhaps a pastry? Wine and beer are not on the menu.

After months of anticipation and countless comments both for and against the downtown Napa Starbucks, the coffee shop quietly opened its doors at 5 a.m. Thursday.

An employee at the store said no customers had yet come in during the first few minutes, and that beer and wine are not currently on the menu.

She praised the shop's new Clover machine, which makes coffee one cup at a time.

It is the only Clover machine in Napa, the employee said.

Ritual Coffee Roasters formerly used Clover machines, but switched to drip coffee a couple of years ago.

The phone number for the Starbucks at the corner of First and Main streets is (707) 254-9745. Hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when it will close at 11 p.m.

The advent of the downtown store spurred protests and the formation of a group called Napa Local which opposed the Starbucks plan to set up shop just across the intersection from locally-owned Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company.

, has been called for 8 a.m. Saturday to flood the older café with business in a show of support.

Will you be there for the cash mob? Or are you all for Starbucks? Maybe something in between? Tell us in the comments.

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Karen Garcia October 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Downtown Yountville and St. Helena and Calistoga are vibrant with full storefronts because their boundaries are such that they have no strip malls with chain stores on the outskirts of town. Napa has an abundance of these. For Downtown Napa to try to lure more chains seems silly. Why would they locate there when they can go to the stip malls where there's plenty of nearby parking?
Lorie October 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
And here I thought it was because the TOURISTS visit Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga mainly because of their wineries and restaurants (Thomas Keller put Yountville in the world map with his world class "creations"...btw, would he and his businesses be considered "local" and be part of the "multiplier"?). How many yountvillers, saint-helenians and calistogans do their regular shopping at these "vibrant" stores? Safeway in St. Helena is not on the outskirts of town...and I sure love Sunshine's burratta and deli sandwiches! Competition is good for ALL businesses! I'd like to do my shopping in downtown before deciding to go to Fairfield, Corte Madera, SF, or Walnut Creek...let's keep it local! I want an Apple Store in downtown Napa!
Cole Armstrong October 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I agree with Alex.
Cole Armstrong October 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Yeah I agree with Dan about NVRC needing to step it up. The quality of everything really fell off.
K d March 26, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Maybe if Napa was friendlier to small business and if the rent wasn't so freaking high, small local owned businesses could open in your precious downtown napa. Frankly, I'm going to support this Starbucks. Give Napa a taste of it's own medicine after all these years.

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