After years of speculation a signature brand will open its first standalone location next week. Starbucks unlocks its new store on Blowing Rock Rd Friday, August 19th. General Manager Yolanda Robertson talked about the store’s opening timeline and opportunities for community impact on this episode of Mind Your Business, a weekly radio program produced in partnership between the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and High Country Radio.

Robertson was quick to find local partnerships upon relocating to Boone in the late spring. Her staffing was aided by resources from NC Works and she has already partnered with Western Youth Network, Appalachian State’s Office of Sustainability, and Hunger and Heath Coalition on projects that allow Starbucks to develop its own community identity.

Listen to the full interview at the link below:

Mind Your Business is a weekly production of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. The program highlights chamber members and allows for a deeper conversation about their history, impact on the community, and upcoming events. To hear your business featured on the program, contact David Jackson at

Tune in each Thursday at 10am for Mind Your Business on WATA (AM1450/96.5FM).

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