Over the past couple of years I have drawn some local coffee shops/ coffee houses. 5 of them have closed …I don’t know, maybe my portrayal of their establishment had something to do with it…One is now a day spa, the other is some fing-shcwee sushi place, one became a Papa Murphys Pizza joint, and another one is now a Wing Stop. Coffee Studio is one of my favorite places. Great atmosphere, clean, great service, but most importantly they know how to make my drink and they don’t roll their eyes when I ask for special stuff. So, just to be safe, I’m NOT going to draw the shop, just a cup, I want them to stay around for awhile. “Am I superstitious? No, I don’t think so, but I may be a little stitious.”
There’s a coffee shop in Seattle down on Pike Place called Starbucks, you may have heard of it…What’s special about this particular Starbucks, is this is the first one EVER! Where it all started. The mecca. The birthplace. The temple. True coffee addicts anywhere in the world can be blindfolded, spun around 10 times and accurately point toward Seattle…but this Starbucks is always PACKED and a long line typically to the cash register because 99% of the visitors who come here are buying souveniers from the original Starbucks. (like I was…) Inside, it looks a lot more like a warehouse from 1971, with brown boxes everywhere, stacked along the walls, counters, windows, anyplace that doesn’t violate a fire code packed with every mug, cup, tumbler etc, etc, with “Starbucks Pike Place Market” on it you can imagine. One time I was there, waiting in a long line with my gift mug, it was crazy packed. I got to talking to an employee and she said it was a “slow day” (it was pouring rain outside) and the line usually goes out the door and down the street and they close the line down an hour before closing…Oh yea, there is a small area in the back, where you can actually get a coffee. But that’s not why most people are here.
While I’m not a big fan of Starbucks, it’s more of a convenience thing because they are everywhere, and I’ll stop there if there’s nothing else available and I’m getting it to go, and that’s ok, because they are usually really good at being consistent, so you know what you’re getting. It’s kind of how you don’t go to McDonald’s because the burgers are so awesome, you go because they’re convenient and you know what to expect. But this is truly an iconic historical place that birthed an entire culture in America and around the world with over 21,366 locations worldwide. Surprise! Starbucks didn’t invent coffee or espresso. Espresso had been in Europe for many years before Starbucks, around the 1880s. $tarbucks just figured out how to market it.
I’ve noticed that a majority of my posts have to do with food. It’s not that I’m a food critic by any stretch or a guy who looks like he really “enjoys” his food, but so many of the best moments have to do with being with my wife or friends someplace having a great time and enjoying some really good food, sharing life together. I think that’s my favorite thing. Zeppole’s Bakery in Boise has made many of those moments “sweet”, usually with a really good espresso in a cool shop. By cool, I mean warm. One time, on a Friday morning, someone downtown forgot to include a loaf of Challah bread I had ordered to a store near where we lived, about 20 miles west of the downtown bakery. Around noon, I called and they sent someone all the way there with my bread! Nothing beats my wife’s Challah bread, but I thought that was pretty cool of Zeppole’s to make a special trip. This is a drawing of the 8th street bakery.