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Where Ann Coulter and Ronald Reagan reign supreme:

Friends warned Beckham to stay away from the conservative theme before the cafe opened in October. The former art teacher says he came up with the idea about five years ago, after souring on Starbucks and the other higher-end coffee chains.

He didn't like piped-in folk music, specialty drinks with faux-Italian names or patrons who frittered the hours away on laptops or listening to iPods. The atmosphere, he said, seemed an affront to Midwestern values he learned growing up in northwest Indiana.

"Coffee shouldn't be about sitting in a cafe for 12 hours," Beckham says. "Coffee gets us through our workday. It's what we drink before we make steel for the rest of the country or head out into the fields."

As his disdain for the coffee chains coincided with his fear of an erosion in national pride, Beckham made plans for the Conservative Cafe, an old-fashioned java joint near the Crown Point town square. There were two Starbucks within 3 miles of the shop, but Beckham and his wife, Jill, were convinced his pro-United States decor and Indiana roasted coffee would strike a chord with the community.

"We're trying to push back against the media and those in Europe who are anti-America," he said. "And it feels good to do it."

Since the opening, Starbucks has announced plans to close one of its Crown Point locations and Beckham has begun pondering franchise opportunities for his cafe. He acknowledges Starbucks' downturn stems from a sagging economy and the company's massive growth, but he believes his success proves that some people are turned off by traditional coffeehouse culture.

Crown Point resident Matthew McPhee is one of them. He doesn't feel comfortable in trendier coffeehouses, where he sometimes doesn't recognize the music and often doesn't agree with the political conversations. He prefers the Conservative Cafe, where red-white-and-blue bunting hangs outside the brick building and patrons can buy T-shirts that read, "Silly liberal. . . . Paychecks are for Workers."

"I like it here," he says. "I don't have to worry about listening to beatnik poetry or some political ideology that makes me want to vomit."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow, what a penis.

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Silly liberal. . . . Paychecks are for Workers

This is what I don't get.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

welfare joke no?

Euler, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

I could just as easily read it being a hard-left slogan decrying non-union sellouts!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Maybe the guy secretly loves Phil Ochs.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

anyway this makes sense to me as a business move, even though the article screams "paging Dr. Freud" and it sounds like a lousy place to hang out to me.

Euler, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:22 (fifteen years ago) link

because you see, taxes become so big, they almost eliminate the paycheck lol!

Sp much for the lack of political ideology.

Mackro Mackro, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:22 (fifteen years ago) link

because you see, taxes become so big, they almost eliminate the paycheck lol!

It is well known that all Starbucks employees are paid in rat pelts.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:24 (fifteen years ago) link

what starbucks is hosting beatnik poetry nights????

max, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:24 (fifteen years ago) link

I just forwarded this to a friend of mine whose parents live in Crown Point.

jaymc, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a feeling the two guys interviewed were at Lollapalooza 1994 and think that the poetry tent = all Starbucks. But they didn't care because Green Day were so awesome! Before they turned into political assholes!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

"I don't have to worry about listening to...some political ideology that makes me want to vomit."

And yet I would! Oh, the irony! Er, the making steel for the rest of the country.

Oilyrags, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Man every time I go to Starbucks it's beatniks reciting poetry. Just constantly. The one down the block in the Harris Teeter, you'd think it was Noe Valley in 1965, what with the bongos and the berets and the best minds of my generation and all that. I hope the Conservative Cafe comes to Durham soon. To save me from the fucking BEATNIKS.

J0hn D., Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Indiana roasted coffee

Mr. Que, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

That article is missing the picture that accompanied the print edition - a t-shirt with the famous picture of Uncle Sam pointing, with the caption "Zip It Hippie". Which would be pretty awesome coming along in another context.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

how long before this place is overrun with ironic hipsters

Edward III, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:27 (fifteen years ago) link

(10 seconds ago)

Oilyrags, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Nah, send the young Randians down there to tell them all about how they're not real conservatives. Hijinks!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I smell sitcom.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Thankfully a coffehouse that discourages you from spending time there!

brownie, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyway, following Mr. Que's observation, I will be gravely disappointed if they do not sell quality American-grown coffee.

xpost -- hahah

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

does anyone discuss politics in cafes anymore? I see couples doing homework and solo diners on iPods.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link

even listening to iPods is an affront to Mr Beckham. If he plays Mellencamp and Seger non-stop though I will forgive him

Euler, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

but Mellencamp Rocked Against Bush in '04!

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

at my local coffee houses I've heard a lot of religious conversations and Bible studies (not everyone's cup of tea).

Euler, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

You drink tea = you are a liberal

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

tea? FUCK YOU PINKO!

Oilyrags, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

xp

Oilyrags, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

It's be really interesting to see how deep his convictions run. I mean, would he still happily serve someone ordering their cup of Joe while sporting an anti-Bush t-shirt?

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I think the capitalist line on that is "I don't care if they're Reds as long as their money is green."

Oilyrags, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:39 (fifteen years ago) link

hey this place seems like a small price to pay to get Midwesterners to learn to drink better coffee.

Euler, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:40 (fifteen years ago) link

...from Indiana?

Laurel, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:40 (fifteen years ago) link

lol

Euler, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

seriously this place is crying out for people with laptops having conversations about how awesome obama is while showing off the sublime frequencies cds they've just bought at other music.

omar little, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:43 (fifteen years ago) link

It's okay, because the co-owner is a Democrat!

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

should team up with these guys

DG, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm really, really curious as to whether or not they have a tip jar.

nabisco, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:41 (fifteen years ago) link

only libs feel sorry for the working class.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:41 (fifteen years ago) link

that's what I hate about cafes the most, the beatnik poetry

burt_stanton, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow, what a penis.

-- Autumn Almanac, Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:18 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Link

^^^^^

Eisbaer, Friday, 1 August 2008 00:21 (fifteen years ago) link

sorry but i'm a lolbrit and i couldn't get past the guy's name

Just got offed, Friday, 1 August 2008 00:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Young Ayn Rand(y).

SeekAltRoute, Friday, 1 August 2008 00:38 (fifteen years ago) link

lol this thread

There's a cafe/diner near here called the K0zy K0rner Kafe which is a popular hangout for you guessed it. I hear there's a hand signal to signify whether you're in or not.

RabiesAngentleman, Friday, 1 August 2008 01:01 (fifteen years ago) link

"Coffee shouldn't be about sitting in a cafe for 12 hours," Beckham says. "Coffee gets us through our workday. It's what we drink before we make steel for the rest of the country or head out into the fields."

Finally a cafe for illegal immigrants and the employees of Asian companies.

Hurting 2, Friday, 1 August 2008 01:18 (fifteen years ago) link

lol

max, Friday, 1 August 2008 01:37 (fifteen years ago) link

"I don't have time to sit around in no coffee shop. I need to get my coffee and go so I can sit around in my underwear managing my ebay auctions."

Hurting 2, Friday, 1 August 2008 01:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, like, that's what Dunkin' Donuts and delis and mini-marts are for dude.

Hurting 2, Friday, 1 August 2008 01:52 (fifteen years ago) link

right-wing ice cream

Eisbaer, Friday, 1 August 2008 02:13 (fifteen years ago) link

so i'm thinking the wi-fi here ain't exactly the draw, if even existent

kingfish, Friday, 1 August 2008 02:42 (fifteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

For anyone wondering about this, The Conservative Cafe closed down not long after opening, in 2010. A new place, Station 21, opened in the same location, in early 2011 and is still going today

Meanwhile, also in Crown Point IN, The Conservative Coffee Company opened in early 2022. It is unrelated to the earlier Conservative Cafe

Tow Law City (cherry blossom), Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:26 (one week ago) link

Coffee shouldn't be about sitting in a cafe for 12 hours," Beckham says. "Coffee gets us through our workday. It's what we drink before we make steel for the rest of the country or head out into the fields."


I grew up on a farm and I can guarantee that my grandfather and his friends liked nothing better than sitting around shooting the shit over coffee at the local cafe

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 11 February 2024 16:43 (one week ago) link

Dude totally lost his opportunity for New York Times reporters to come and quiz the locals about why they hate Obama.

B. Amato (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 11 February 2024 16:45 (one week ago) link

xp lol, trying to twist yourself into thinking that socializing and relaxing is only something that effeminate liberals do is such a hilarious self-own

budo jeru, Sunday, 11 February 2024 16:47 (one week ago) link

Also, similar to the defenders of western civilization being pretty ignorant about it, the defenders of capitalism seem to frequently not know how to run a successful business.

B. Amato (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 11 February 2024 16:48 (one week ago) link

Also, similar to the defenders of western civilization being pretty ignorant about it, the defenders of capitalism seem to frequently not know how to run a successful business.

― B. Amato (Boring, Maryland)

i'm told there's a fash coffee shop around here; i guess they're doing ok. there's one in every crowd!

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 11 February 2024 18:27 (one week ago) link

What if all the reactionary coffee cafes were already built, and you wanted to do an açaí bowl place instead, only wallpapered with shitty Facebook AI block text?

https://www.instagram.com/bigfreedombowls?igsh=dzU5emxyMmZkODZn

https://x.com/dogfanhan/status/1753108725244809565?s=20

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Sunday, 11 February 2024 19:01 (one week ago) link

_Also, similar to the defenders of western civilization being pretty ignorant about it, the defenders of capitalism seem to frequently not know how to run a successful business.

― B. Amato (Boring, Maryland)_


i'm told there's a fash coffee shop around here; i guess they're doing ok. there's one in every crowd!


Well, it is Portland

B. Amato (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 11 February 2024 19:04 (one week ago) link

the fact that no one is blinking an eye at me casually mentioning that we have a nazi living across the street from us is such a portland moment https://t.co/LFBCKrgmyg

— ~GOODEND.DOG (@sorrynotsoryu) February 12, 2024

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 12 February 2024 02:28 (one week ago) link


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