Welcome back to my Coffee Journey, I'm happy you're here!
Today we're going back in time, talking about Pike Place.
Most people think 1912 Pike Place, just across the Pike Place Market, was the very first Starbucks Store, opened by Howard Schultz.
Technically it was not.
The very first Starbucks Store was opened March 31st, 1971 by three friends by the name of Gordon, Jerry and Zev, and it was located at 2000 Western Avenue. Click here for a picture of the original store they converted from a former junk shop.
Later in 1970s, the boundaries of the "Pike Place Market Historical District" were defined, and the three Starbucks guys found themselves located just outside this protected area, meaning their building was going to be demolished.
That's when they moved a few hundred feet to 1912 Pike Place, the store we know and love:
However, for the time being, they did not "make" coffee there. Meaning, you could not order a latte or a cappuccino. It was a colonial goods store where you could buy whole bean coffee, tea and spices.
Let's talk about the Pike Place Market for a minute.
Do you feel you've seen this before? Here's a hint: it's where Sam shops.
If for some reason you do not want to queue, you may just walk two minutes to Pike / 1st street. They sell the Special Reserve, too, minus the waiting ;-)
In the beginning of tis post, I cleared up the common believe that Howard opened the Pike Place Store.
Even though he didn't, I think he considers this his special magical place. Even after stepping down as CEO several times, he always kept a key and would go there after hours when he needed to regroup. I understand he also makes it a point to visit Pike Place every year in preparation of the annual meeting. He'll go there, order a doppio macchiato and reflect on how far the company has come.
So now that he's back on the team, I'm pretty sure he spends some time at Pike Place on a regular basis.
When we visit Seattle, I always make sure to stop at Pike Place.
Have you been there?