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In Skyline, an outpost for immigrants from Africa, Middle East (UPDATE: These chairs are GONE)

The chatter, the coffee, and the smoking go from 5:30 a.m. to past closing time at 10 p.m., inside and outside this Skyline Starbucks in the Baileys Crossroads area. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

UPDATE, July 11: Shortly after this story came out in The Post, Fairfax County inspectors visited and ordered the outdoor tables and chairs removed. Neighbors complained, business gone elsewhere, situation in flux. Tara has a follow-up story here.

ORIGINAL POST: There are fascinating pockets of Northern Virginia where foreign cultures quietly put down their own footprint. And in a Starbucks in the Skyline neighborhood near Baileys Crossroads and Falls Church, The Post’s Tara Bahrampour sat down with tables of men from Morocco, Eritrea, Somalia and elsewhere who have made the place their own for the last 14 years. A new manager objected a while back, but the regulars banded together to make their case to Starbucks. A different manager is now in charge. The rest of Tara’s story is here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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