Since its humble beginning in Seattle, Washington by three business partners on Western Avenue back in 1971, Starbucks has become the largest coffeehouse in the world. With more than 17,000 stores in 49 different countries, this business has become recognized for its high quality brewed coffee and espresso drinks. With company headquarters located (8th floor) in the building formerly occupied by the Sears Roebuck catalog distribution center, Starbucks is continuously seeking new ways to remain number one in the coffee industry. After much regrouping and initiating a bold move, Starbucks made a Seattle location the first in the United States to sell beer and wine.
After remaining closed for two months, and the company spending more than $500,000 for renovations, the East Olive Way Starbucks re-opened the doors of its 2,500 square foot shop with a big bang on October 18, 2010. The location previously occupied by Red Robin restaurant, and Boston Market has something fabulous and unique to offer. Conveniently located between John and Summit street, the large intersection leading to the store entrance is continuously bustling with activity. Nearby college campuses such as the University of Washington and Seattle Central Community college ensure a large abundance of college students are in the area each day. Convenient access to Capital Hill, Broadway, Downtown Seattle, and Interstate 5 also brings a diverse group of individuals to this community.
Traveling eastbound on Olive Way, the 16 foot sign stands boldly announcing the Starbucks name. A large wrap around deck is available for clientele to sit on and observe the city activity, as well as the sweeping views. Upon entering the facility, changes have been made based on customer feedback that had been provided to company officials. Earth tone colors are used throughout the room. Seating is plentiful and numerous tables, as well as plush couches are there for the taking. Community tables with seating for 15 are available. The environment is ideal for taking in the scenery, socializing, reading a good book, studying or just utilizing the location as a place to relax for a while. It is not uncommon to hear group discussions occurring about current events, as well as business meetings taking place. The staff is warm, friendly and eager to assist you with your coffee needs. The Clover® Brewing System is used in full force. These coffee machines provide customers with the best taste available from the beans by brewing single cups of coffee to intensify the flavoring. The entire design of this location states simplicity. Lighting is bright, providing a clear view through the wide glass windows- allowing you to peer out at the bustling activity occurring. Much reused and recycled materials from a local high school (Garfield,) college (University of Washington,) as well as local businesses have been used in the décor theme. Counter tops have been made narrower, which brings the customer closer to the baristas. You get an up close view, and an opportunity to experience real coffee making occurring. An indoor and outdoor fireplace is available for customers to enjoy. While 70 percent of the companies business arrives before 2pm, the desire is to keep things booming after this time. A change has arrived at 4pm on East Olive Way.
To increase the clientele, beer and wine becomes available in the afternoon. This Seattle location is the testing sight for beer and wine sales. The change has also proven rewarding for local Northwest Wineries such as St. Michelle and the Hedges Family Estate due to the purchases made by Starbucks. Beers such as Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen are on the menu. Several white and red wines are available for your selection such as Banard Griffin Fume Blanc, Erath Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Snoqualmie “Naked” Organic Riesling. Average cost for a glass of wine is $8.00.Beer cost averages $4.75.
The Starbucks menu offers a wide variety of items including brewed coffee, bottled drinks, Vivanno Smoothies, a variety of teas — baked goods (Apple Fritters, Banana Nut Loaf, Blueberry Scones, Butter Croissant, Apple Bran Muffins, Cookies, Iced Lemon Pound Cake). For those desiring something heavier on the stomach an assortment of hot breakfast sandwiches are available, cold sandwiches, salads, cheese platters (average cost $5.30,) Salumi meats, and yogurt parfaits. Some items on the menu can be customized to suit your taste buds.
A private parking lot is available, but customers should be forewarned not to misuse it because cars will be towed. Business hours are Monday-Sunday 5:00am-12:00am. WIFI is available, as well as many outlets for your electronic devices. While this Starbucks may get busy, the variety, location and setting make this location worth a stop.
1600 East Olive Way
Seattle, Washington 98102
Beer/Wine available at 4:00pm