Although the thought of doing a post about Starbucks (yeah, I like their Vivanno, Strawberries and Cream, and lemon bread, I’m not ashamed) never once crossed my mind, on Halloween night, I visited a location that was really…different.
Another reason Starbucks would probably never be featured on this blog? Um…how about their super strict anti-photo policy? I think it was Linda Woods that mentioned an incident where she once was stopped from taking a photo of a child in her party, inside of a Starbucks. Huh?
So despite all of the above, this Starbucks location is unlike any other I have seen. I mean, even the two corner Starbucks diagonally across from eachother in Vancouver have nothing on this! This location was bright and just had a different vibe going. It is really hard to explain, but I slyly took some pictures, and no one seemed to care. Of course, after I took the pictures, I notice the surveillance camera on the wall right next to me. D’oh! At any rate, you will notice all of the photos were taken from the same corner…
First of all, there is a long community table at the center of the shop. Although I’m not a fan of community tables, it completely made sense in this setting.
Also, I noticed they have stools at the bar so you can sit and watch your drink being made. I’ve never seen this at ANY Starbucks before! This guy sure looked comfortable sitting there!
Did I mention the lighting? It was bright and cheery! None of that dimmed Starbucks lighting where you can see the dust on the shelves. Come on! I can’t be the only one that has noticed the dust at most Starbucks. Especially around the clearance shelves…seriously.
Anyway, had the cups not said Starbucks, if the VIA signs were gone, and if the employees were not wearing green aprons, I would never think this was a Starbucks at first glance. If you ever find yourself at Staples Center, Nokia Theater, or LA Live, stop by this location and check it out for yourself!
And in case you were wondering what my drink of choice was…Strawberries and Cream FTW!
Starbucks at LA Live
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015