Hello and Goodbye

by Melody on June 21, 2013

Starting today, there will be a short break in my blog articles.  I am going on a quick vacation.  It’s “Hello” to California, and a quick “Goodbye” to Seattle.

While I am away from the blog, I will still be updating this blog’s Facebook page now and then.  Eventually, I may upload a few photos from this trip onto my Pinterest page.

If you see a very tired woman collapse in a comfy chair in your California Starbucks store (tired from driving), paying with an Evolution Fresh Card  and muttering that she’s driving home to Seattle, please do not be alarmed.  That could be me.  And, likely I’ll have my phone with me, and taking a few pictures of your beautiful Starbucks.  If you are interested in a recap of the Starbucks photo policy, this article here is very helpful – and here’s the policy:

“Personal photography is allowed in stores,” says spokesman Corey duBrowa. “All other filming and video needs to be approved prior. This is a standard policy year round and not convention-specific.”

If I were a barista, I would just say yes.  Starbucks has just about encouraged fun photography in stores ever since creating their own Instagram and Pinterest pages. (Of course, that represents a change from the years of a strict no photography policy, going back about four years ago).

If you need more Starbucks content to check out while I am out of town, you could watch the partner-produced videos by the team of baristas known as “Five Awesome Baristas.”  (They produce videos out of their passion for Starbucks!)  Also, I invite you to read and follow my two other blogging projects: MelodyEats.com and SeattlesBestMelody.com.

I will be doing a lot of driving on this trip.  I scoped out some Starbucks stores that I want to visit – not sure I will get to them all!  If you see me in your store, I hope you’ll say a big “hello.”

And as always, thank you for reading.  See you back here the first week of July!

June 22nd or 23rd
Main & Town and Country
http://www.starbucks.com/store/16851/
691 South Main Street
Orange, CA 92868
714 647 0871

June 22nd or 23rd
Park Place (Clover)
2961 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
949 250 9250

June 24, 2013
Newhope & Southpark (Clover)
17850 Newhope Street, Costco Plaza
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

June 25, 2013 – 2pm
http://www.starbucks.com/store/16486
Santa Margarita Parkway & 241 (Clover & Evenings Store)
30465 Avenida de Las Flores
Santa Margarita Marketplace
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
949 589 9028

June 27th or 28th (off I-5)
http://www.starbucks.com/store/15564
Laval & I-5
5844 Dennis McCarthy Drive
Tejon Ranch Complex
Lebec, CA 93243
661 858 2034

June 27th or 28th (off I-5)
http://www.starbucks.com/store/8093/
March & I-5
2866 West March Lane
Stockton, CA 95219
209 472 0637

June 28th or 29th?
15th & Broadway (Clover)
http://www.starbucks.com/store/16372
1429 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916 447 5105

June 28th or 29th
Rhonda and Pleasant Hills
http://www.starbucks.com/store/6694
5046 Rhonda Road
Anderson, CA 96007
530 378 2742

June 28th or 29th
Ashland (Clover)
http://www.starbucks.com/store/11639
120 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
541 488 1195

June 28th or 29th
9th & Taylor (Clover)
http://www.starbucks.com/store/14940/
906 SW Taylor Street
Portland, OR 97205
503 295 0404

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Sebastian June 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

So you are doing a Starbucks tour in California…how cool!
I wish you a wonderful and safe trip! Have fun and relax! :)

denise r June 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

@Melody: Happy summer! Hope your trip is good and maybe you get a little rest! Drive safely!. Drink coffee….. :)

Melody June 21, 2013 at 5:34 am

@Sebastian and Denise – Thanks! :) It’s 5:30 am right now, and I’m getting ready to head out the door!

Leslee June 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

It is 5:43am on Friday and we are in Chehalis headed TO Seattle FROM CA!!! We will wave to you on I-5… Looks like you have some awesome stores to check out, the one in Lebec will be perfect for the Grapevine leg. Have a great trip and be safe!

Amanda June 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

Have fun on your vacation! We will be going up the East Coast for our summer road trip in a few weeks. Safe travels!

Leslee June 21, 2013 at 6:16 am

P.S. The store in Chehalis was my first visit to a La Boulange store :-)

Cecille June 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

how exciting I would love to meet you and I was just at irvine yesterday.

Evergreen June 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

Hello Melody
Have a great trip. I have visited many of the locations you listed.
I thought it was interesting that at one time in OC there was a Starbuck’s on three of four corners at one intersection. Admittedly, it was a busy place and broad boulevard.
Anyway, au revoir and enjoy your favorite Starbuck’s drink along the way.

purple1 June 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

As others have said, enjoy your road trip and look forward to sharing the trip with you by way of this blog. Safe travels! Are you driving alone?

DadCooks June 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

Melody – May you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

This old submarine veteran wishes you fair winds and following seas (we didn’t have to worry about the winds in the submarine ;-) ).

Jocelyn June 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

Have fun and drive safe!!!! :)

Dylan Austin June 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Enjoy your vacation! Thanks for the mention of #FiveAwesomeBaristas! :)

Kristina June 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Happy Summer Solstice and vacation time to you! Enjoy the sights and may you stumble upon many friendly places. Safe travels and have fun!

bmommyx2 June 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

See you in So Cal

Steve June 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I hope your trip has started off well! I recently stopped by the Broadway store in Sacramento after not having been there in about a year. They got their remodel and they also have a Clover now! As a Sacramento resident I was trying to think of some of the nicer stores here to suggest to you but the only one that quickly comes to mind is at 1410 East Roseville Parkway up in Roseville. It’s probably a good half hour drive to the east from Broadway so it may not fit your schedule. It’s a great looking store with some very high ceilings. Any time I’m up there I make it a point to stop by. The store at 2001 Stockton Street is another nice one if I recall correctly. It’s a short drive from Broadway as well. Enjoy!

arnie June 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

the Tejon Ranch store is busy 24/7 due to the freeway and being in the middle of nowhere. it is THE stop for Central Valley people heading to/from LA. The line of people waiting to order often reaches the door to the parking lot.
Have a great trip.

Melody June 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

@Arnie and @Steve – Thanks for the insights. Arnie, your comment doesn’t totally surprise me – that’s one reason I picked the Lebec Starbucks. I’ve heard that the top 2 grossing Starbucks in the US are Times Square in NYC and 1912 Pike Place. I have heard that that store in Lebec is like in the top #5 in the entire US! That amazes me. Here’s this drive thru store isolated in California, that’s only a little less busy than 1912 Pike Place and Times Square. It might be #4 or #5 but I know it’s way up there. I’m curious to see this packed Starbucks.

Steve June 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I was actually just at the Tejon store on Saturday coming back to Sac from LA and as usual it was very busy. But for the first time ever my drink was up at the bar before I had finished paying. The barista was calling the line and that kept things moving at a good pace.

The Kwan June 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Happy trails, Melody. Hope you get to rest and relax. [Not sure if they have the new Orange Country gift cards yet; if so, hope you get a chance to grab a couple, if you haven't set out for your next destination.]

calwatch June 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

That Tejon Starbucks is important because you may need that coffee to stay awake going up the Grapevine… or not fall asleep driving through the boring Central Valley. However, I generally like the Buttonwillow Starbucks, about half an hour away, though.

jeff from costa mesa June 26, 2013 at 8:15 am

I guess I missed seeing you ?? didn’t see this post until June 26th. I work in anaheim, fairly close to your posted stops. Would have like to shake your hand and share a cup and some conversation…

Still in the OC ??

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