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The First Starbucks

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Being a new Seattle-ite, there are a few things I am committed to. No, not head-to-toe waterproof clothing. Nor, say, expertly tracking the moves of local bird life. (My dad, however, is proficient at both of these.) : ) No, I am committed to Seattle where it really hits home: Starbucks.

And what better time to cement my Seattle status than during holiday cup season, when Starbucks rolls out its classic red cups and signifies to consumers everywhere that it’s officially time for peppermint mochas, shameless replays of Love Actually, and the most wonderful time of the year.

Being the dedicated resident I am, I decided to go back to where it all began: the first Starbucks. Located at Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks sits nestled along a cobblestone street amid pastry shops, fruit stands and quirky alleys. The shop itself is full of historic emblems, rustic architecture, and pigs made of coffee beans (apparently that’s a real thing). It may not be forgoing umbrellas in a downpour, but it’s a close second in terms of a Seattle classic.

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