This is the first ever Starbucks.I took this photo back in September when I was visiting Seattle, WA.
For those who don’t know, I was a 3 year barista at Starbucks. This job, while at times can be tedious, was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.
Starbucks started its journey in Pike Market back in 1971, just a simple store selling spices, coffee and tea. When you walk into this store, seemingly nothing has changed since it opened. The desks are scratched to high heaven from over 30 years of inventory being moved around. Original wooden counter tops don’t even get some TLC that they deserve. No expansions into other adjacent properties, no modern face lifts, nothing. Just the simplicity of when the store first opened. It doesn’t feel like a ‘Starbucks’ if that makes sense, it feels like an old ‘Ma and ‘Pa coffee shop you would find off the beaten trail of Route 66. And that’s what makes you fall in love with it even more.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. A true sign of being resilient.