October 2, 2017
I traveled to Seattle with my friend Emily, a lover of Starbucks coffee. If you don’t already know, the original Starbucks coffee shop is located in Seattle. Starbucks’ flagship store opened 46 years ago in Pike Place Market near the waterfront. You can find the first store in its’ original location with a line wrapping all the way down the street. The original sign is still sitting above the shop.
Emily and I approached the madness that surrounded the store and joined the ever-growing line full of travelers and basic white girls waiting to experience the magic of the original Starbucks. Although the line is massive, the good news is that it moves quickly. The entire experience is a blur. Once you make it inside the door, everything is very chaotic with customers chatting and pointing and baristas yelling orders and throwing cups. You can’t figure out where to look or what to do.
Even through the chaos, I still managed to get my favorite drink at the time, a double chocolatey chip frappuccino. It wasn’t the best or the worst drink I had ever had, but at least now I can say I’ve not only been to the original Starbucks, but I’ve gotten a drink.
Inside the store, they don’t sell the typical mugs and tumblers that the other stores do, instead they have specifically designed mugs and other gifts for the flagship location. I made sure to pick up a “You Are Here” mug for my husband, who works at Starbucks.
1912 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
Sun-Thurs 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm
So are you a dedicated Starbucks lover? Would you be willing to wait in the line for a drink and a souvenir?
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Hi, I’m Lauren! Newly married, recently graduated twenty-something figuring out life one adventure at a time. With a Dr Pepper in hand and puppy in tow… anything is possible!
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