Starbucks Community Stores prove that coffee culture brews a bigger conversation

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While many people have the morning coffee routine or joke about the abundance of Starbucks locations, the Starbucks Community Stores are more than just a place to grab a latte and go on with the day. The specially designed and located stores use the space to engage with its community locations.

In the past year, Starbucks has seen even more growth across its brand. Whether it is the New York City Reserve store, a myriad of new coffee options, or engagement with its customers, the reality is that people are and will continue to be tied to that beverage in the cup.

Another year begins, some people are looking to find that reset, intentional thought, or another statement to make a change. It could be as simple as enjoying that coffee instead of grabbing another cup and running out the door. At the Starbucks Community Stores, that willingness to sit is a welcome sentiment.

While the Starbucks Community Stores have been part of the company’s commitment to engage the community, the newest stores bring a special vibrancy to the conversation. Beyond each special locale, it is the design decisions that make the store a destination.

For example, the Navajo Nation Community Store in New Mexico features Navajo art and design. In addition to be staffed by members of the Navajo Nation, it hopes to not only bring the familiar to the Navajo people but offer others an opportunity to learn about the Native American culture. From words to art, the latte can be a bridge.

In a different way, the Seattle area the Kraken Community Iceplex location seeks to offer inclusion. While the area is full of diversity, it opens its doors to all community members. From hosting field trips to other community programming, the conscious decision to be inclusive is clear.

Some Starbucks Community Stores take a different approach by changing the perception on certain well-known concepts. At the Anacostia Washington DC location, the infamous “Big Chair” that often denotes the most important person at the table is not just for the power players. This table welcomes everyone with colorful artwork reflecting the city skyline.

Since many Starbucks Community Stores appreciate people’s willingness to serve others, the location at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago celebrates the military. From helping veterans to even the aprons worn, each element celebrates those men and women who have chosen to serve their country.

The next time that craving for a Frappuccino calls or the next menu item becomes the hottest Instagram beverage take a moment to think about the Starbucks Community Stores. Maybe it could spark a decision to sit and drink that coffee beverage before running out the door in a hurry.