5.20.2010

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.

4 Comments:

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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