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Like Starbucks or not, their stores are a favorite for many informal business meetings - something that is very much needed downtown. After Elements on Jackson Street closed, many of those of us who work downtown found ourselves having such meetings at the next closest coffee shop, the one located inside Phoebe's main campus on Third Ave.
The addition of Starbucks to the Hilton will make it Albany's only hotel with a full-service coffee shop. Because the Hilton is located directly across from Ray Charles Plaza and just a block from Turtle Grove Park and Albany's gorgeous riverfront area, I think the community will be surprised at what an amenity Starbucks will prove to be for residents of Albany as well as for visitors to downtown Albany.
It is a breath of fresh air to see a church "practice what they preach," literally. Kudos to the people of First Presbyterian Church of Albany for taking on such a program when they already have so many resources allocated to other mission work here in Albany.
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