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Mj64
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Post Number: 67
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 68.40.177.3
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 6:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I only get to Detroit a couple of times a month, and I usually make a point of stopping at the Brown Bean before my trip back. I went looking for it after today's Tigers' game, and it's a sport souvenir shop now! Anyone know what happened to it (other than the obvious -- that it closed)?
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Naturalsister
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Post Number: 591
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Posted From: 68.255.236.166
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 7:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow, I hadn't heard that it was no longer there.

later - naturalsister

(Message edited by naturalsister on April 10, 2006)
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Adamjab19
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Post Number: 648
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Posted From: 24.192.148.148
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 7:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was a thread about it about a month ago. I would say it closed just around the Super Bowl.
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Jsmyers
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Post Number: 1558
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Posted From: 209.131.7.68
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 8:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was open during the game. Probably shortly after. I honestly didn't know it existed until I walked by during the game.

The one thing I've learned from watching some Detroit businesses either thrive (Vicente's or Slows for example) or falter (maybe this one) is that getting the word out is just as important as having the products/services to back it up.
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Broken_main
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Post Number: 1032
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 69.222.11.226
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 8:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

whats the Brown Bean???
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 684
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 24.231.189.137
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 9:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

coffee shop...also a "cyber cafe", right??
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Broken_main
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Post Number: 1037
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 9:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought that was beans and bytes'
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 687
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 9:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ohh...your right...

It is still a coffee shop though,not the cyber cafe then... was in one of the storefronts on the Central Methodist Church in GCP..

heres the website: http://castleofhopeforlostsoul s.org/detroitadvertising/brown bean.html
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Chris_rohn
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Post Number: 218
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 68.248.43.204
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 10:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whenever I walked in there (if they were open yet) at 8:30 in the morning they still had yet to brew the first pot of coffee.

I'll fondly remember the time they sold me a watery espresso, saying it was 'like coffee'. I had never had watered down espresso before, but the logic seemed reasonable for some reason. Maybe its because I wasn't awake yet. Yuck.

The Rowland Cafe gets my vote for best coffee in town. I always pass up The Blend when I have the time to walk over to the Guardian Building.

I still miss Cafe De Troit.
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Dougw
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Post Number: 1077
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 136.2.1.103
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A pic of the Brown Bean Cafe on Superbowl Saturday...
Brown Bean Cafe

I think they closed shortly afterward.
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Psewick
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2006
Posted From: 70.235.110.46
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 2:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They were around for awhile. I learned that they existed in August of 2004 when a colum about them ran in the Detroit News. I went there about every weekend in the months before they closed, since I cancelled Comcast internet at my house.

They were already closed by the weekend after the Superbowl. There were problems with the location. They might possibly open somewhere else in the city.
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Motorkitty
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 69.136.148.56
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 2:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i hope Brown Bean opens somewhere else.
Both coffee shops near me are now closed.
i loved Cafe de Troit too. :-(
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Jt1
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Post Number: 7162
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Posted From: 198.208.251.22
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 2:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope they re-open and do well. The owner was a super nice woman and a great asset to the city.
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Mj64
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Post Number: 70
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 141.211.48.211
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 4:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The owner was one reason I used to go in there. She was one of the nicest people I'd met in the city. Another reason I used to stop by whenever I was in town was probably a reason it didn't do well -- I could always easily grab a parking spot out front, and there never seemed to be more than one other person in there (I was usually there around midday). Not a lot of foot traffic around there unless there's a game going on at one of the stadiums. I hope she opens a shop somewhere else.

So, yesterday I ended up walking to Starbucks at the Buhl Building. I'd rather give my coffee money to a local shop -- who makes good coffee downtown. I'm usually in the financial district area or up by Comerica Park. I've never been inside The Blend, but pass it a lot. Any good?
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Valkyrias
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Post Number: 233
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 66.238.129.197
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 4:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

mj64...if you are in the area of the buhl building, you might as well step into the guardian building and go to rowland cafe, it's really good...check out chris_rohn's comment above...
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Fishtoes2000
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Post Number: 93
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 69.14.26.135
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 5:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll second and third those comments about the owner. That's why it was a popular stop on my bike route -- and they tended to play good much too.

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