When it comes to brand-spanking new Starbucks stores, the wood used in espresso bars, table tops, and the walls often has a story to tell. Yesterday, I walked into the Starbucks at Minor and Allen, in Kelso, Washington. That's a small town in South Western Washington, not too far from Portland, Oregon. This new store will have its one year anniversary on July 13, 2013. (It's store #15741 at 1509 Allen Street, in Kelso, Washington. The phone number is 360 577 2598) I know that Starbucks store design tries to design new stores with locally relevant reclaimed wood for tables, espresso bars, or what have you.
At the register, Jeannie greeted me - she was very cheerful! I ordered my beverage, and she requested my name for my cup. There was no one behind me in the line. So I asked, "Jeannie, what's the story that goes with the wood in your store?" She said, (not verbatim) "Before there was a Starbucks on this site, there used to be a bowling alley on this land. The bowling alley - called the Highlander Bowl & Restaurant. When this store was built, the wood from the actual bowling lanes was reclaimed for our community table and other table tops."
Needless to say, I was completely and totally impressed with her reply to me. And as I looked at the tables, I suddenly did see a bowling alley.
Congrats to store design for incorporating the bowling lanes into this Starbucks!