Latte Da receives holds holiday packages for neighbors

first_imgIn an effort to take wind out of the sails of so-called “porch pirates” — people who swipe packages from doorsteps — one local cafe is offering itself as a delivery center for neighbors.From now until Christmas Eve, Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, in the Lincoln neighborhood, will hold onto packages for online shoppers concerned the boxes might not make it into their hands.Owner Scott Flury, 54, said he was spurred to act after hearing many neighbors say their packages were intercepted.“It happens all the time,” he said.Online shoppers can list the cafe’s address — 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver, WA 98663 — for delivery and, with photo identification, retrieve a package from the cafe when it arrives. The packages will be stored in the cafe’s basement. There is no charge; Flury, who opened the cafe five years ago, said he just wanted to help.“We don’t want to see people’s Christmas get ruined. We just want them to focus on what’s important,” he said, adding that it’s in the spirit of the holidays: “When blessed, be a blessing.”This is the second year the cafe has offered itself to its shopping neighbors. Flury estimates they stored 15 to 20 packages last year. Only one person didn’t pick up a package on time because the purchaser went out of town for the holidays.last_img


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