As many offices adopt cats and rabbits to foster a calm demeanor in their staffs, the trend of cat cafes, where anybody can spend time sharing a hot beverage with a friendly, furry feline, looks set to take hold in North America.
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For small business owners across America this is some good news. A local family owned business that got evicted after more than 30 years, seemed as if all was lost. But through perseverance and the help of the community they bounced back.
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Clients in a West Village coffee shop in New York City got the fright of their lives as they watched an angry young woman use her "telekinetic powers" to get revenge on a man who messed up her laptop.
A young Spaniard who has two degrees, plus a Masters, sent out a rant on Facebook about the fact that he has ended up cleaning toilets in London. The message went viral and the Spanish media picked up on it.
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As real estate values shift, many long time tenants are pushed out by landlords who want to raise rent and get the highest amount possible. This is true not only of residential property but also with commercial retail space as well.
Love your morning coffee? Can't start the day without that vital, delicious, aromatic cup? The third London Coffee Festival held from April 25 to 28, 2013, could be time to sample some different blends and reawaken your taste buds.
Amsterdam is famous for its "coffee shops" where you can have, well, just a little more than just plain old coffee. But now a judge is upholding a plan to ban foreign tourists from indulging.
A jury in Maine rendered a verdict of guilty for a man who they believe set fire to a coffee shop where topless servers worked. It is believed that the man was angry that his ex-girlfriend worked at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop.
The objectifying of women continues unabated, even deep in a self-professed "conservative, Bible Belt town in the South" where a young enterpreneur's idea of opening up a bikini-themed coffee shop seems to be a big hit, even with his staff.
An impatient patron at a New Haven, CT Dunkin' Donuts coffee shop cut the neck of the man making a purchase at the counter. The injured man was asking how much coffee was in a large cup when he was attacked.
Cats await treats at a cat cafe in Cheonan, Korea.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, the Westlake Coffee Shop reopened to the delight and happiness of Owners Moon and Yoon Choi, (seen here with their staff/crew) who were forced out of their previous location when the rent was raised to over $10,000 per month.
Courtesy of the Choi family and Westlake Coffee Shop, Daly City, CA
Patrons interact with cats at a cat cafe in Kyoto, Japan.
The Choi family has been the owners of Westlake Coffee Shop in Daly City/ South San Francisco for more than 30 years. When Kimco Realty would not agree to renegotiate their lease of the building, the Choi family had little recourse and all seemed lost.
The Choi family finally got to re-open the beloved Westlake Coffee Shop at the new location on Junipero Serra Blvd. in Daly City after a 10-month delay. Their daughter Christina said that they had anticipated re-opening this past fall. Yet, what is perhaps more important is that Choi family was able to continue in their family-owned and operated cafe-eatery which they have had for more than 30 years.
Photo by Brendon P. Bartholomew, Courtesy of the Choi family and SF Examiner