At least one of the Starbucks locations in Clayton will close early to conduct anti-bias training Tuesday, meaning coffee connoisseurs will have to get their afternoon java fix elsewhere.
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., more than 8,000 Starbucks locations nationwide will lock their doors to the public and sit down with their employees for “racial bias education day.”
It stems from a racial profiling incident that occurred in a Philadelphia store last month when two black men had the police called on them while waiting for a friend. The Seattle-based company has since taken steps to change the culture inside their stores nationwide.
About two dozen stores in the St. Louis area are staying closed all day or closing early Tuesday, including the location at 2 N Central Ave in Clayton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of local options to choose from while looking for a pick-me-up Tuesday afternoon.
In Clayton alone, there are plenty of options to choose from, including:
City Coffee House & Crêperie
Located at 36 N Brentwood Blvd, this European style coffeehouse serves breakfast, lunch and brunch items, along with sweet or savory crépes, Belgian waffles, homemade pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, and quiches. Top your meal off with espresso, coffee, tea or a fresh fruit smoothie. Be sure to get there before 3 p.m.
With two locations in Clayton including the Crescent building located on Carondelet Plaza across from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and another spot in DeMun, Kaldi’s serves up fresh, locally roasted coffee, expertly crafted by its employees.
Northwest Coffee Roasting Co.
Owned and operated by newly elected Clayton School Board member Jason Smith, Northwest Coffee serves the St. Louis region in Clayton and the Central West End. According to its website, Northwest embodies the legacy of coffee by unifying communities, stimulating dialogue, and providing hand roasted and brewed full city coffee.
The following is a list of all the Starbucks locations in the region closing early for anti-bias training.
- 212 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103
- 2350 S Grand Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
- 4656 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
- 1042-A Loughborough Ave, St. Louis, MO 63111
- 2934 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
- 6621 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
- 6622 Chippewa St, St Louis, MO 63109
- 2 N Central Ave, Clayton, MO 63105
- 7640 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130
- 2300 S Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63144
- 10779 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63127
- 10015 Gravois Rd, Affton, MO 63123
- 9200 Olive Blvd., 100, Olivette, MO 63132
- 12460 Tesson Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128
- 1077 Collinsville Crossing Blvd, Collinsville, IL 62234
- 1126 Central Park Dr, O’Fallon, IL 62269