At long last — a crack in the armor of the tyranny of 10th Avenue South! A new Starbucks has opened on the northwest side of Great Falls!

OK, it’s not a free-standing Starbucks — but it’s a legit SBX that can serve up my precious 10-shot iced espresso!

It opened yesterday inside the Albertsons on 3rd Street NW.

New SBX location inside Albertsons on 3rd Street NW!

New SBX location inside Albertsons on 3rd Street NW!

Now if I (or you) want to get a SBX beverage and you live or work or just happen to be on the NW side of town — no more driving across town — woohoo!

This brings to SIX the number of SBX locations in town:

Two free-standing stores — the first one at 10th Avenue South and 9th Street (opened in August 2005), the second opened last year at 10th Avenue South and 32nd Street.

One in the Barnes & Noble shop in the Great Falls Marketplace.

One in the Albertsons at 10th Avenue South and 23rd Street.

The new one inside the NW Alberstons.

And although I haven’t seen it, I’ve heard that there is one inside Target.

Yes, I do indeed love my SBX — and the awesome crew members that even surprise me during the holidays 🙂

SBX Opens!

After a little more than 9 years, Great Falls is now home to its SECOND free-standing Starbucks store! It’s on the NW corner of the intersection at 10th Avenue South and 32nd Street (across from Van’s).

I peeked in on Saturday afternoon as the crew was prepping and sampling and tasting — they are all so excited!

AND…they don’t *officially* open until 6 a.m. on Sunday (Sep 28), but they WILL be having a “soft opening” from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. TONIGHT (Saturday) and will be serving up FREE drinks.

So if you’re out and about this evening, you should stop by and check it out and grab a free cuppa! Tell ’em “10-shot Dave” sent ya!

New Starbucks in Great Falls!


Getting closer to the opening of the new Starbucks in town — one of the managers at the current store told me it should happen on September 28th.

The new store is at 10th Avenue South and 32nd Street, kind of across the street from Van’s.

Once it’s done, there will be FOUR Starbucks locations you can hit along 10th Avenue South – kind of. Starting from the west — there will be the new one, the mini-SBX inside Albertsons, the “main” one at 9th Street, and another mini-store inside Barnes & Noble in the Marketplace.

For some reason, it seems kind of unbelievable that the main store is more than 9 years old – wow. It was fun going to the grand opening – but it just doesn’t seem like it’s been *that* long.

And where does that leave us folks who live on the NW side of town? Come on, Starbucks! You can squeeze one more store in our town — just set it down somewhere along Smelter Avenue, and everything will be fine 🙂


Hello SBX, Bye Salad Creations

Double-dose of restaurant-y news:

Trib is reporting that “Starbucks will build a second location in Great Falls this spring…3053 10th Ave. S., the site of a former gas station where most recently Montana Marble & Granite has displayed merchandise.”

Hmm.. I really, really, really expected that if SBX ever opened a second full-service store in Great Falls, it would be on the NW side of town. Not complaining — just surprised at the location. And it’s about time that GF had at least as many SBX as Helena, dammit!

Salad Creations is closing — sad. Obviously I never ate there, but every now and then I’d pick up a fancy salad for my wife.

And the staff was always super-friendly and energetic. Wonder what might go in that location now…


SBX in Albertsons

Stopped by the Albertsons on 10th Avenue South for the first time since the new Starbucks location opened up – looks way fancier than I thought it would be.

But dang it…why won’t SBX open up on the NW side of town? I have no doubt that the NW side of town could support a free-standing SBX, but even the Albertsons over there would be a great location for one of these mini-stores.

starbucks in albertsons on 10 ave s

Verismo = Want

Gave the new Verismo machine a test run at Starbucks this morning…the verdict: YES.

I do appreciate the Keurig machine that sits on our counter, but the strongest version of a Keurig cuppa just doesn’t have the same kick that a real espresso shot delivers.

This Verismo, however…based on the single shot that I sampled…did indeed appear to do the trick. A few shots from this baby every morning could save me a lot of gas (and time) in the long run.

Verismo at Great Falls Starbucks

And the little Verismo pods are adorable!

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