Featured Clover Starbucks: West Seattle – Fauntleroy & California Ave SW

I recently dropped by the Clover Starbucks in West Seattle.  As many know, I’m on a quest to write about as many Clover Starbucks locations as possible.  About a month ago, Seattle launched “Rapid Ride” busses, and I realized that getting to West Seattle was suddenly very easy.  Early morning Thursday the 25th of October, I strolled into downtown Seattle, got on Rapid Ride C, and moments later was at this Starbucks.  There is a Rapid Ride stop right at the corner of Fauntleroy and California Avenue SW, it was truly quick and easy to get there.

Here’s the store’s address:

Starbucks store 3202
California & Fauntleroy
6501 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 938 6371

As I understand it, this store has had their Clover brewer about six months, and it is the first Starbucks in West Seattle to have a Clover.  The day that I picked to drop by, contractors were working on re-bricking part of the exterior of the building, so some of my photos show one wall under construction.  That wasn’t great timing on my part, but I had no idea that a re-bricking project was underway.

I arrived fairly early, hoping that the store would be slow.  As many know, I attempt to feature the store and less so any customers in it.  When I arrived at about 7:30 a.m., the store was slow, but actually as I remained, the store picked up and got busier and busier.

I quickly met the store manager, Barton.  What a nice guy!  He was cleaning in the lobby right when I walked in the door.  I introduced myself.  He remembered me, and insisted that we met at the Starbucks marquee community service event in April 2011.  I am embarrassed to say that I don’t recall that.  Furthermore, he stated that reads my blog about once a week, and had recently read the article about the Starbucks photography policy.

I learned that Bart has been a partner (Starbucks calls their employees, “partners.”) for about 7 years.  He loves having a Clover store.  And we both admired the very large wall-sized photo of Washington’s Olympic Mountain Range.  It makes sense that this store would have a photo like that.  You could walk a few short blocks from this Starbucks to the Fauntleroy to Vashon ferry, and really have a splendid view of the Olympics.

You can kind of see the wall photo in this above picture.

The store has plenty of comfy seating.  Mostly it was in use while I was there, so I didn’t take photos of it.  One quirky thing about this store is that it has automatic opening doors.  I just haven’t seen very many Starbucks store with auto opening front doors, like in a grocery store.  Also, this store has a back door entrance.  It has a tiny covered patio/ alcove area adjacent to the back door.  That is very interesting!  I bet this is a popular place to sit in the summer:

I ordered a Sun Dried Sumatra from the Clover, and hung out for a little while, playing Words With Friends, browsing the web from my phone, and taking photos.  Everything really worked out perfectly.  Every partner was friendly, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Barton.  (He’s also incredibly patient – I thought he’d said “Martin” and so for the first half-hour I was in the store, I erroneously called him Martin.  He never got ruffled by this at all.  It was only when I heard one of the store’s partner asking him a question that I realized it’s Barton, not Martin.)

This store has been here since February 7, 1996!  Sixteen years for this Starbucks! Congrats!

Here are just a few more photos:

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  • Dottie

    Beautiful store and awesome photos. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to look for the Sun Dried Sumatra at the Clover in SF.

  • Molly

    This is MY neighborhood! I love stopping in there in the morning when I have time 😉

  • denise r

    Just wanted to put an update out there re: east coast and “purple1″…… she says it’s like a war zone, she has no power and none expected for about a week……was using the wifi at Dunkin’ D, one of the only places available. In know Chicago was sending over 600 Com Ed teams out there last week to help with this.
    So, to anyone else out there in the horrible mess from this storm, sending you well wishes! altho I realize likely you’re unable to read this maybe for awhile. We even have a small effect all the way here on Lake Michigan….23ft waves, a record breaker.

    @Melody, sorry off topic but I figured there were some ‘regulars’ here who are wondering.
    Just thought I’d comment for her since she rarely misses a post, at least as far as I’ve seen!

  • Melody

    @Denise – I have been wondering how Purple1 is doing too. Million are without power. I suspect she’s offline now. The images from the news are pretty stunning.

    I have been wondering about East Coasters. Definitely hoping that the many Starbucks partners in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other areas hit by the storm are safe and sound!

  • Chase Jaynes

    Hey Melody – Starbucks is opening a Starbucks Evening store near where I live by Malibu. I can’t *wait* to see what they do with that location and the type of food they have. I’ll have to get some pictures of it for you when it opens up!

  • purple1

    It is so nice to see stores that are inviting and customer friendly. When my power was out, I seemed to spend a good part of one day at a SB charging my phone and I wish I was sitting in this SB. I know from corporate’s view perhaps they do not want to redesign a store with more outlets, but it sure would be nice. The partners were great at this store, but the store itself could have used more outlets. But, this is an issue whether there is a storm or not. Melody, curious does this store that looks so inviting have alot of outlets?

  • Hayley

    @purple1 – 2 of my (small) stores got their 10 remodels and both had a laptop bar installed. That has a lot more outlets than that space previously had. They are small stores no clovers were installed ( to my dismay) and one finally just got their first warming oven!

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