Less than two months ago, we broke the news that electronics store Stereoline was being replaced by Starbucks at the corner of 6th and Spring St. The news of a large coffee chain coming to a street already dominated by many independent mom and pop coffee shops (giving Spring St the title of “Coffee Row”) was controversial with two generally opposing camps split down the middle. Some embraced Starbucks and some saw it as a threat to the unique character of Spring Street’s established indie vibe.
Over the weekend, Starbucks opened and marks another change in a constantly evolving Downtown LA — once forlorn and now the center of attention in a very crowded Los Angeles market. Stopping by on Saturday, I was glad to see this corner of 6th and Spring clean and activated. The fear of everyone ditching their local cafes was definitely not the case as I saw plenty of customers at Spring for Coffee, Coffee Bar, and Syrup (all three located nearby Starbucks). Oddly enough, there were less people inside Starbucks than there were at the other cafes nearby.
Click here to read the initial community response to Starbucks opening at 6th/Spring.