It takes a lot of nerve to open a coffee shop within a mile of a Starbucks – especially a Starbucks that has been a part of a community for as many years as the Oakwood Starbucks.  It takes something much more than nerve to open a coffee shop across the street* from a well-established neighborhood Starbucks – and whatever that is, Select Start Coffeehouse must have it in spades. 


Select Start Coffeehouse’s staff has some amazing espresso skills.  After just one latte, I can tell you with confidence that this is not your run-of-the-mill Starbucks ripoff.  They know what they’re doing and do it well.  With every sip, my brain went “Yay!”

Also, the decor is lovely and vaguely steampunk-ish with a lot of gold details and dark woods.  Thanks to my sister, Beth Weeks for these amazing photographs of the coffeehouse.  She’s tops!

* Unfortunately, I found out recently that Select Start is being forced to leave the Shops of Oakwood.  Here’s hoping they find a new location soon.