Coffee

Shawnee coffee survival guide

Two couples drinking tea and coffee

For more than a year now, Starbucks has been talking about remodeling the Shawnee store, making tentative plans, and then postponing them indefinitely. They’ve replaced the furniture a couple times since it opened in August, 2006, got new interior paint and wall art, but it’s never received a major facelift.

Shawnee Starbucks "Closed for Remodeling" signUntil now. The sign on the door makes it official! The Shawnee Starbucks will be closed June 27 and reopen July 13 with a brand new facelift.

Survival Guide

During this time Starbucks is closed, I felt compelled to share a little survival guide to our Shawnee friends and neighbors. We’re fortunate to have a number or quality coffee shops in Shawnee. We enjoy just about of them on occasion. Who knows? You may find yourself a new coffee home at one of these independent coffee houses!

Click on the icons in the map below to see more info about each shop, their website and hours.

Interactive Coffee Map

Starbucks caffe latte with foam artObviously there are fast food, convenience stores and restaurants that have good coffee (e.g. I like Sonic coffee in a pinch!), but I’ve just included places on the map that are mainly coffee. I won’t judge harshly if you go to Jimmy’s Egg or Daylight Donuts for your coffee 🙂

We would love to see something like the recent remodel in Midwest City where they transformed the interior space to create much more seating and what appears to be still ample room for the baristas. And not only did they construct a whole new interior, they made their patio much more enjoyable with the addition of a pergola for shade and fans to make you feel cooler. Wouldn’t that be phenomenal on Shawnee’s west-facing patio?!

Sharon and Steve drinking coffee at StarbucksSharon and I started our love of Starbucks around 2002, about when I started working for the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® in Oklahoma City. Our “home” Starbucks at that time was at 63rd and Western in Nichols Hills Plaza. And our gateway drink was the Mocha Frappuccino (The “MF”). We got to know a number of regulars and also some amazing baristas—like Jessica Winderweedle. Jessica graduated from OBU and worked her way up at that store and then came back home to open Shawnee’s first—and still only—Starbucks in 2006. (They kept our housewarming plant alive for a number of years!)

So, be strong, Shawnee! Sumatra roast, even! We will survive this and encourage you to use this opportunity to love on the other local coffee shops in Shawnee.