If you happen to be in Renton, Washington, I recommend that you drop by the Seattle's Best Coffee there. (Seattle's Best Coffee is wholly owned and operated by Starbucks). It may not be obvious that it is company-operated, as it connected to a Fred Meyer's store, but it is a great little company-operated store. I dropped by today, and my experience was great. I met an SBC partner who started with SBC in 1999! Ericka, it was fantastic to meet you today! One curious thing about this store is that it has a walk-up window facing the Fred Meyer's, so you could order your coffee, and do your shopping at Fred Meyer's, and never have to go around, and in the main entrance. You can see the walk up window in one of the photos below - it is just under the clock.
There are many ways that this is a one-of-a-kind Seattle's Best Coffee. It is the only remaining Seattle's Best Coffee in Washington State with a lobby. New SBC locations are following the drive-thru model, as I have mentioned in this previous blog post here. Since this is the only Seattle's Best Coffee with a lobby in Washington, it has unique food offerings. You'll find some familiar items, such as Ethos water, and Tazo bottled iced teas. I tried this store's coffee cake and loved it. Here's my coffee cake and Americano from today's visit:
By the way, as I visited today, the store got busier and busier. When I walked in, not a single person was sitting in the outside seating area, but when I left, several tables were occupied. If you want to sit outside, you certainly can:
This Seattle's Best Coffee is located at 365 Renton Center Way South, in Renton, Washington. The phone number is (425) 430 - 9810.
Here are the rest of the pictures from today's visit! I hope you get to drop by this store someday. Everyone was very friendly! (Amazingly, Ericka indicated to me that she has heard of my blog, and checks it now and then. I was blown away that she had heard of me. This was indeed my first trip ever to this store.)
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