Daily Archives: July 24, 2009

Starbucks to ‘Barbucks’?

Today, some Starbuck lattes will take on a whole new distinctive flavor offering- – brewskies and wine.  

Adding to the intrigue, their distinctive logo is also being dropped- and even their name. 

Three Seattle Starbuck stores are closing today and being rebranded as “15th Avenue Coffee & Tea,” in an effort to give their profits a boost in a tepid economy, according to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. 

The haute coffee general is attempting to use these pilot stores as a means to craft methods to get closer to their dwindling customer base.  More than just offering liquor options, they are also expanding their service mix to include art events and poetry reading.  Anything goes to bring in the business.

It’s anticipated that if this pilot test is successful, Starbucks around the U.S. will soon take on a whole new look and feel.

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Father & Daughter Tillis Duo Performs in Las Vegas

Pam Tillis, 52, daughter to country music legend Mel Tillis, didn’t always think that country music was cool.  In fact, she went the opposite way, preferring to sing pop rock and R&B with her jazz band in San Francisco in the 1980s.  

As her songwriting career advanced, her country roots were rediscovered.  Now, to her credit, she has sold a few million records and had several No. 1 hits, and won a couple of Grammy’s and a few Country Music Awards. 

Rarely does she perform with her legendary father, but this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Cannery in North Las Vegas will be one of those memorable gigs. pammeltillis

“Whenever somebody can afford both of us we’ll work together,” Pam Tillis says.  “We enjoy it but it’s a little different front when I’m out on my own and don’t play second banana.  We hit the highlights.  Between us we have 50 years of hits.”

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