Kirinor, 18th day of Gildember, 432 AC
Twelfth Watch rising 9
Starbucks to Open in Solace
by Trampas Whiteman, Staff Writer
SOLACE – Residents of Solace and long-time patrons of the Inn of the Last Home spoke out in protest at a town hall meeting last Bracha where it was announced that Starbucks would be opening a location in Solace, near the infamous Inn of the Last Home.
"This is outrageous," Laura Majere, proprietor of the Inn of the Last Home, said. "Typical Starbucks business practices. They build a store next to a home town establishment, and within a week, they put it out of business."
"I can't understand why the citizenry of Solace would be opposed," Starbucks spokesperson Templeton Peck said. "Who can object to high-quality whole bean coffees and fresh, rich-brewed, Ergothian style espresso beverages, along with a variety of pastries and confections, and coffee-related accessories and equipment? We have a right to do business as well as anyone else. We're not here to ruffle any feathers."
The merchant's guild debated the issue over a cup of espresso, with a decision pending.