Local coffee shops see opportunity in Starbucks' Tuesday afternoon closure. See story here. http://abc7chicago.com/society/local-coffee-shops-see-opportunity-in-starbucks-tuesday-afternoon-closure/3532214/
The Starbucks coffee chain is closing more than 8,000 stores in the afternoon for racial bias training Tuesday. This comes after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia location last month.Independent coffee houses in Chicago are trying to use the Starbucks incident as a teachable moment."We've got the ambiance. We don't just sell coffee and tea, we sell an experience and it is based on community, where coffee and community meet," said Sip and Savor Proprietor Trez Van Pugh.Trez Van Pugh holds court at Sip and Savor in the rapidly gentrifying part of Bronzeville near 43rd and Vincennes.