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July 21, 2008 — The typical coffee-house story is as full of dark tannins as the richest of French roasts – but not in the Vail Village, where the relationship between Covered Bridge Coffee and its chain-store rival is cool as an iced latte.
"We actually have a good relationships with that Starbucks," said Covered Bridge Coffee co-owner Kim Hause, who shares ownership duties of the small, locally-owned coffee house with her mom, Becky Magoon.
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"They come in and have lunch here, and send people here for our breakfast sandwiches, that kind of thing.”
In turn, Becky and Kim send their late-afternoon customers to the nearby Starbucks when they close down around 4:30 or 5 each afternoon (Starbucks is open a bit later).
The two stores are located on opposite sides of the Covered Bride in the Vail Village. Covered Bridge Coffee has been a Vail institution for 20 years or more, while the Vail Village Starbucks is a new kid on the block, having opened in the winter of 2003.
Starbucks recently made headlines when it announced plans to close 600 stores nationwide, 70 percent of which were opened after the start of 2006.
More than a few caffeine-addicted fingers have been clicking away at the mouse lately in an effort to find out which, if any, of nearby Starbucks coffee shops are slated to close down. In a recent announcement, Starbucks announced that nine Colorado stores would close, but none of the seven Starbucks in the Vail Valley made the list.
The first Starbucks to open in Eagle County was the Avon Starbucks on Hurd Lane. Since then six other stores have joined the stampede, including stores at the base of Beaver Creek and the one near the Covered Bridge in Vail.
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