Michael Berne is the President of MJB Consulting (www.consultmjb.com), a 20-year-old, New York City and San Francisco Bay Area-based retail planning and real estate consultancy that undertakes market analyses, devises tenanting strategies, advises on project site plans, guides land use/zoning policies and spearheads implementation efforts for public, non-profit and private sector clients across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third place coffeehouse faces a serious challenge
The rapid rise of kiosk coffee sellers poses a threat to the business model behind the ultimate American third place—the cafe. Communities and nonprofits may have to take a larger role.