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Starbucks says Roastery menus will star Princi, not Tom Douglas

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A new Tom Douglas Serious Pie restaurant is located inside the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Capitol Hill.

Starting in May, Tom Douglas’ Serious Pie will no longer supply the food at Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room on Capitol Hill, as the coffee company prepares an expanding role for its Roastery format.

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Blue Nile’s “webroom” in Portland’s Washington Square mall is an example of the smaller-format showrooms Blue Nile is building in various locations, including one scheduled to open in Bellevue Square Thanksgiving week.

Sale of Blue Nile finalized

The $500 million sales of Seattle-based online jeweler Blue Nile to a private investor group means is stock will stop trading as of Tuesday.