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As Starbucks Locations Close Doors Around D.C., Local Coffee Shops Take Over


A green mermaid once sat on nearly every street corner in the District, but at least seven Starbucks locations have shuttered over the past four months.

Starbucks outposts in neighborhoods like Dupont Circle, Chinatown and Downtown D.C. have closed their doors, and local coffee shops have begun to take their place. Workers at local coffee shops and students said more people may turn to coffee shops only found in D.C. and smaller chains for a more personal experience between customers and employees.

There are several local and small chain coffee shops within a 20-minute walk from campus, including Bourbon Coffee, La Colombe and Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar. Coffee shops like a second Compass Coffee at 800 17th St. NW, Bluestone Lane in West End at 1100 23rd St. NW and a Philz Coffee in Dupont Circle at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW have also popped up over the past year and a half.

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