Am I Sad Or Not? Only Time Will Tell

Got a shock on Facebook yesterday, when I saw this:

As you may have heard, there is change in the air at Heine Brothers’ Coffee. Gary Heine recently sold his half of the business to me, and now we are merging with VINT Coffee. For now, there will not be any changes to either HBC or VINT stores. We remain 100% locally owned and operated, and our commitment to the Louisville community and the many non-profits we support will be stronger than ever. Our focus will continue to be on treating people and the planet with respect and dignity, and on giving back where ever we can. We truly appreciate the support we get from Louisville – we’re grateful to be in the coffee house business in such a wonderful town.

Mike Mays, Co-founder, Heine Brothers’ Coffee

VINT is the coffee house formerly known as Java Brewing Co., where my friend Jane and I go for coffee after we meet for lunch. “Our” barista (shouldn’t it be baristo, if it’s a guy?), Cody, is still there being all awesome, so maybe it’ll be all right for Heine Brothers to vanish under the VINT umbrella.

It hasn’t been settled, to my knowledge, if Heine Brothers will retain its name and logo, but that’s the smallest thing. It isn’t Heine Brothers anymore, because there are no Heine brothers involved in it.

So, on the whole, I’m sad. Here’s hoping VINT is as good for the people of Louisville and the fair trade farmers as Heine Brothers has been.

WRITING PROMPT: A landmark business, dear to your main character, changes hands. How would the new management win your character over?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Am I Sad Or Not? Only Time Will Tell

  1. Pamela L

    November 16, 2011 at 8:00am

    I hope all goes well with Vint/Heine Bros. I set my stories at Heine Bros. And it’s a favorite place for my husband and I to go.

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      Marian Allen

      November 16, 2011 at 1:01pm

      Pamela, you set your stories at Heine Bros.? That is so AWESOME! Drop a link to where these stories may be purchased, if you please. 🙂

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  2. Amanda Borenstadt

    November 16, 2011 at 9:52am

    Changes will always eventually happen. I hope in this case, they will end up being a good thing. Hang in there.

    And I agree about the barista/baristo thing. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      November 16, 2011 at 1:04pm

      Amanda, change is exciting, but I hate to see hangouts change. It’s like having the seams of your favorite jeans disintegrate. So far, the Vint-that-used-to-be-Java is as good as ever (though they wouldn’t let Jane and me [grammatically correct] bring in and consume the piece of birthday cake we brought with us). Fingers crossed!

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  3. Jane

    November 16, 2011 at 7:18pm

    Interesting development: Pie and Dessert kitchen newly opened in the old Longshot Tavern building. They have cake and pie and beer and wine and COFFEE, too. What say?

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      Marian Allen

      November 16, 2011 at 8:58pm

      Sounds like something two culinary investigators ought to check out! 🙂

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  4. Pamela L.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:26pm

    Originally Posted By Marian AllenPamela, you set your stories at Heine Bros.? That is so AWESOME! Drop a link to where these stories may be purchased, if you please. 🙂

    Sorry about the confusion. I should be more specific. I set some scenes there. At least one in the Death Sword book. 🙂 But I’ve also used HB in my current UF wip.

    Now you’ve got me thinking about writing a short story and setting it in HB. Maybe the one on Longest… (Yes, the plot bunnies are hopping.) LOL

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      Marian Allen

      November 19, 2011 at 9:52am

      The Southern Indiana Writers did an anthology of mysteries featuring coffee shops, back when we were meeting in one in New Albany. We called it GROUNDS FOR SUSPICION. lol

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