A few posts back, I wrote about how much I liked the 500 and 530 St. Clair project… now that a Starbucks opened up on the main level of 500, add another reason! I actually don’t drink coffee (per-say) but I do love their green tea and the occasional moca-frappucino!
So why is a Starbucks such a big deal??? After all, it’s just another coffee shop right? Well yes, but Starbucks doesn’t just open a place on any corner. It’s not very often you see a Starbucks close down, and I believe it’s because of all the research and surveying that’s done before one actually opens. I was prepared to write a whole post on the “Starbuck Effect” and the type of positive changes that one brings to an area….BUT another blogger beat me too it! Instead of rewriting what he’s already written, I encourage you to check out David Fleming’s post entitled “The Starbucks Effect” He pretty much sums up all the areas that have benefitted from having the popular coffee shop open up in their area!
I firmly believe that the strip of St. Clair (From Bathurst to Oakwood) will be seeing positive changes in the coming years. It already has streetcar AND subway access, not to mention the massive Loblaw’s for shopping, and Cedervale Park for leisure. With big name chains like Starbucks moving in, it’s only a matter of time before others set up shop! Local residential hot spot “Ferro” also looked like it was expanding its space in anticipation for more business along the strip!
Property values aside, there is another reason why this particular store deserves attention. It’s the first (at least to my knowledge) Starbucks in Toronto that was built to LEED standards! LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, and a system that more and more Toronto developers trying to incorporate into their buildings. Though ordering your moca-froca-whatever from a LEED Certifies Starbucks won’t taste and different than any other Starbucks… It is good to see the massive coffee chain reducing their environmental footprint through energy and water conservation, recycling and green construction.
Drop in to the new Starbucks; it has a very loft-like look to it with a decent combination of wood and concrete finishes!