La Boulange was sold to Starbucks! There goes the neighborhood! I like Starbucks, but I like independent food places even more. I know it is the trend to buy companies when you cannot build the expertise internally, but I am sad! I love good bread, baked goods and food in general. My only hope is that Starbucks will incorporate the wonderful food in all their stores.
$100 million is a lot of dough for a bakery! It would be very smart of them, if they really use their baked products in all the stores. The problem is it is better to source baked products locally because it is fresher. $100 million is not very much to a multi-billion dollar corporation so who knows how they will use the acquisition…Why should I care? When I visit San Francisco, I always get something at La Boulange. It reminds me of the wonderful food of France and New York City.
Many of my favorite experiences in San Francisco and elsewhere had something to do with food. Last time I was in San Francisco, I had a a great prix-fixe dinner at the bakery. It was a really a cool experience. I know the owners are remaining so it will continue remain separate for now. I can also identify the best or my favorite articles of the week. This makes a good segue to today’s picks for Friday Night Links.
The following articles caught my attention:
Sweating The Big Stuff – Reevaluating Your Wireless Service
The Amateur Financier – Advice For Twenty-Somethings Getting Started Managing Money
The College Investor –Being Frugal Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Have Fun!
The Digerati Life – Get a Financial Education In Your Twenties
The Extra Money Blog – How the Thesis WordPress Theme Can Benefit Your Meta Tag Optimization
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I read more than five hundred (500) articles a week and I highlight just five (5) in my Friday Night Links. Will Starbucks ruin the little baked goods company or will the little baker improve the huge corporation? Thanks for reading Friday Night Links La Boulange Edition.
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