Back in February, we told you that a Starbucks would be moving into the northwest corner of 18th & Spruce, replacing a Cleaners and the shuttered Savoy Market. As we now lurch uncomfortably into September, the new coffee spot is apparently only a few days away from opening. While we’re not exactly Starbucks fanatics (for somewhat obvious reasons), we’re still very impressed with the job that this new tenant has done, sprucing up a less-than-perfect building in a high-traffic area.

Check out the changes over time:

In 2009

In February

End of April


As a sign of appreciation for a job well done, we may just have to stop by once they’re open and snag a double espresso. And then never go back, ever again.