Seattle suburb Mountlake Terrace has some pretty great features, but it hasn’t always been true. Mountlake Terrace real estate has been historically undervalued and ignored in some cases until recently, but the residents have always had one bright shining light:

Chad & Vicky’s Espresso! (BTW – that is a picture of Chad and Vicky dressed up for Halloween 2007) – a great Seattle neighborhood place to go!

I should start this by saying that I am not by any means an anti-Starbucks girl – I love my lattes and was more than pleased to see a local Starbucks within twenty miles from my parents’ remote home outside of Scottsdale, AZ (although they left me high and dry when they closed for Christmas……), but enough is enough in some cases! There are already at least two locations on this particular side of town in Mountlake Terrace!

OK – Back to Chad & Vicky!!!!

Chad & Vicky’s Espresso has served me the most yummy lattes for almost nine years and I am sure they served many more before that. The combination of low prices, delicious drinks, and extremely fast and friendly service has always kept me coming back even during some of my most crazy diet kicks. No matter how many times I switch drinks, Chad always knows what I drink!

Chad & Vicky’s Espresso is on the corner of 228th Street SW and Cedar Way in Mountlake Terrace. It is inside the south side of the Chevron station building. They have a convenient drive-thru and no matter how busy they get the service is still fast, consistent and friendly. Chad & Vicky get patrons from both the cars going in and out of the drive-thru line as well as the Mountlake Terrace and Brier locals who like to come inside and have a chat with them or in some cases have a longer talk.

So, Starbucks is putting in a brand new store right next door to Chad & Vicky’s Espresso! Chad was literally standing in its shadow as he served me my coffee this morning with a smile on his face as always. I am honestly disgusted by the audacity of a company that thinks they can thrive in the Mountlake Terrace market by parking themselves right next to the city’s most beloved local coffee fixture. I will even go a step further to say that I doubt anyone really did their research on this one. I could have given Starbucks far better locations to look at, and honestly, Chad probably would have given them some helpful tips, too, if they had asked him because that is the kind of guy he is.

I am pleased for the Mountlake Terrace residents who seem to have finally had their real estate values “validated” officially by Starbucks deciding to move in to a location that has previously hosted one failed business after another, but the blatant disregard for a community’s culture is not only disrespectful, but also just plain stupid from a business perspective. I would think a local company would care more for the local businesses, but I guess that is just me.

Courtney Cooper ….For all your Seattle Washington Real Estate Needs! Seattle Area Real Estate Agent: Broker and Realtor serving North King & South Snohomish County.  Seattle Real Estate and Seattle Suburbs!  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services:   Experienced and with a background in accounting – I love my clients and work hard for them! Please call me if you are looking for a home or investment property (including short sales, preforeclosures, foreclosures, and REO properties) in Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Brier, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Mill Creek, Everett, or other Seattle Suburbs! If you are thinking of relocating to Seattle, I am an expert at Seattle Relocation services and can help you find the perfect home while making sure it is a solid financial investment!

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