Starbucks Startbucks Everywhere

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Starbucks are everywhere. I've been around the world and seen them in some unexpected places (like the Forbidden City (although it looks like they are about to be banned)). While on the one hand, I think it represents a company that has found its niche by creating a product/service that people really want, I have a hard time getting behind some of their other business practices. Those with similar reservations might be interested in this tool, created by a friend, which helps you find alternative local coffee shops*. But I digress....

If you stand at 15th and Commercial Ave. in Anacortes, WA, you will be within 3 blocks of 3, count them, 3 Starbucks; two of them are within 1.5 blocks of each other! To be fair, 2 of the 3 are inside grocery stores, which, I guess, makes it a little easier to understand, but still...

Anyway, in all my travels, I haven't seen quite this density anywhere else. Does this make Anacortes an anomaly in that way? Can we start adding that to our travel brochures to entice those SUV driving, suburb dwellers (or whomever it is that keeps Starbucks going) to visit Anacortes?* Tell me, have you ever seen a higher number of Starbucks stores nestled together?
Sunday September 23 2007File under: Anacortes, misc

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on Sun 23rd Sep, 2007 09:49 am PDT k root said:
If I remember correctly, Vancouver BC has an intersection with a Starbucks on every corner. However since that's out of the country, maybe Anacortes can still claim a record.
on Sun 23rd Sep, 2007 10:08 am PDT gretchen said:
i don't know, downtown seattle is pretty covered in starbucks. there is for one block with two starbucks directly across the street from eachother.
on Sun 23rd Sep, 2007 12:00 pm PDT Saxtor said:
Lewis Black has a pretty good take on this issue. There's a short ad before this clip, but it's better than the others.

And there's another site similar to the Indy Coffee Shops, The Delocator which has more of Anacortes' shops than just Penguin.
on Sun 23rd Sep, 2007 12:46 pm PDT Sara said:
A few years ago on the 16th St Mall bus in Denver (goes for about a mile) I counted six that were visible from the bus...and there were probably more on adjacent streets and inside buildings that I couldn't see.
on Sun 23rd Sep, 2007 01:32 pm PDT Sean said:
While I have not yet taken the time to travel to exotic places and escape the commercialism that is America, this post just made me realize how much I've enjoyed not being bombarded by all that garbage back home. No TV, no radio, no telemarketers. Lots of time to just read and think. It's nice. Except for the whole being here thing.
on Mon 24th Sep, 2007 11:36 am PDT amanda said:
yes, vancouver has two right across the street from each other on robson street. they do more business than any other starbucks in town. rumor has it, the closer the stores are together, the more business they attract (something to do with advertising)- that's what we were told anyway when i worked at starbucks.
on Mon 24th Sep, 2007 05:12 pm PDT Ryan Walters said:
Yes, Lewis, Anacortes is the end of the universe.
on Mon 24th Sep, 2007 06:42 pm PDT Nesbitt said:
I once saw a starbucks in a starbucks' bathroom.
on Mon 24th Sep, 2007 08:39 pm PDT Saxtor said:
I saw a news article about that...
on Tue 25th Sep, 2007 12:17 am PDT Joe Wilbur said:
I hate coffee....and that's true even before Starfucks...
on Tue 25th Sep, 2007 08:50 am PDT Nesbitt said:
way to snag the reference.

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