In the Biz review: Saratoga Coffee Traders gets A+

I'm going to deviate from my normal blog format for a moment and use this space to give a huge thumbs-up to Saratoga Coffee Traders.

This afternoon, in my continuing hunt for a quick, somewhat healthy sandwich within a few minutes walking distance from the office, I nearly made it all the way into Bruegger's Bagels, basically because I know they have things I like and their sandwiches are fairly inexpensive. But I stopped in my tracks and turned back to Saratoga Coffee Traders because of a couple aggravating experiences I've had recently at Bruegger's, dealing with untrained sandwich makers, long, slow lines and receiving food that was carelessly tossed together.

So I stepped into Saratoga Coffee Traders knowing their food would likely be more skillfully prepared, more delicious and more expensive.

And I was right. The chicken salad wrap was about two bucks more than I wanted to pay, but it was delicious.

Kudos to the guy in the cowboy hat who greeted me with a smile, gave me his full attention while taking my order, asked if I wanted any special additions, like cucumbers, and carefully prepared my wrap. It came in a sturdy box complete with popcorn (Smartfood, not fresh, but I'll let it slide) and a piece of candy as a garnish. How adorable.

While I was waiting, I browsed the business cards and picked up the latest copy of Metroland. I was happy to see Spirit of Saratoga among the other free magazines and newspapers available. Another employee advised me on loose teas, which I plan to go back and buy.

All of this I would have never experienced going to Bruegger's, I thought, as I stepped out of the store. Which made the extra two bucks well worth it. And I'm now recommitting myself to supporting local businesses whenever possible. Never again Bruegger's, never again.


Anonymous Dan De Federicis said...

I like your sentiments Mareesa. I had a similar experience at Saratoga Coffee Traders, which I wrote about here: http://funsaratoga.typepad.com/funsaratoga/2010/04/saratoga-casual-breakfast-and-lunch-the-cupcake-lab-saratoga-coffee-traders-betties-cakes-brueggers-and-the-bread-bas-2.html

Sunday, May 23, 2010 10:33:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brueggers is the worst - the center for incompetence. Good move going to Saratoga Coffee Traders.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:24:00 AM 
Blogger Mareesa said...

Thanks Dan. I'm having trouble accessing that link. Can you repost it?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 3:53:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another reminder about the high quality experiences in a locally owned business vs. a chain. This is what downtown Saratoga Springs is all about. Please continue to support your independently owned downtown businesses.

Friday, May 28, 2010 1:20:00 PM 

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