A Look at the Starbucks Coffee Gear Store – December 2013
The Starbucks Coffee Gear store is located on the 8th floor of 2401 Utah Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, 98134. That is the Starbucks headquarters. The Coffee Gear Store is open to the public! Anyone can go shopping there! The merchandise offered changes often, and so over the years I’ve produced this blog, I’ve revisited the store many times. If you are a Starbucks partner, you can purchase the store’s gear online at StarbucksCoffeeGear.com.
The store’s hours are normal business hours, Monday through Friday. I dropped by on Friday, December 20th. It had been a while since I had visited. There were a number of new items plus a number of standard favorites, such as key chains, pens, and magnets. You can take a look at my old articles on the Coffee Gear Store here.
Some of the new items now available at the store are new mouse pads, a new vest, a soccer ball, and new journals. You can buy an umbrella with the word Starbucks on it, as well as water bottles, baby bibs, and little baby caps.
Check back here at StarbucksMelody.com on Christmas Day for a giveaway, sponsored by the Coffee Gear Store!
Take a look at the fun logo stuff! I hope that someday you get the chance to visit this store. I do know that I’ve had a number readers tell me that they made a point of visiting this store while on vacation in Seattle.
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@Lori – That is so cool! I bet your co-workers were thrilled!
Melody thanks for the update. Nice to know that the store adds new merchandise. As it has been said before, too bad for those of us far away that we cannot purchase items online or through the portal that is available to partners. I bet if these items were available to customers without an on site visit, SB would make some money! Happy holidays to all.
@purple1 – I’m making a guess here, but I think the people who run the Starbucks Coffee Gear store would love to have an online site available to the general public. They’d sell more. My wild guess here is that probably the problem is Starbucks – I bet corporate decision makers don’t want an online site that could end up competing with sales – competing with StarbucksStore.com.
Never new starbucks had a gear store I want to go for sure:)
Thanks for the pics I want the soccer ball even though I don’t play sports lol
Can’t wait for the contest 🙂
Great article as always!
It’s similar to how Apple have a store on their campus at Cupertino that sells very special merchandise that you can’t get anywhere else.
It would be great if us in international markets had a chance to buy some of the gear. Thank goodness for eBay!
@back2Starbucks – Thank you for dropping by again! I know you are trying to develop your own Starbucks fan site – http://starbuckscrazy.webs.com/ – Are you going to be writing articles? You could always talk about stores near you. I know this blog features heavily stores and partners in Seattle, because that’s where I am, but I don’t have enough opportunities to talk about stores outside of my area. I’m always hoping for good emails with pics and a story.
@Chris – Oh I have heard that before. I don’t even think the Starbucks Gear Store ships to Canada. 🙁 Sorry.
@Melody: Thanks for the trip, again! I would so LOVE to go to this store…….LOVE it.
I will be writing articals on my website soon, I just haven’t had the chance my laptop broke and I’m waiting for the shop to fix it , so I’m using my iphone to read your blog 🙂 thank god for tec or I would be unable to read my fav blog ever .. Yours 🙂
That mousepad! ♡ Love when you post these trips! 🙂
#jealous!! I need a speaking gig in Seattle! This store would be a “must do” on my list. Thank you for all the time you put into this blog!
They should just offer this stuff on starbucksstore.com. Not everything is available through the partner site and the shipping is OUTRAGEOUS. It often costs more in shipping than it does to pay for the item(s) you order! Leave the baristawear on the partner site and move everything else to starbucksstore.com. And reduce the shipping costs, fer cryin’ out loud!!
Thanks to your posts, I visited the store when I travelled to Seattle last summer. I got a t-shirt that features the evolution of the Starbucks logo over time. It has attracted attention, for sure.
Here are some tips I learned:
– You could take public transit to get there. Either the light-rail or the bus. I looked up the bus schedule and route to get there.
– You could visit the “staff” cafeteria for lunch, so you could time your visit to grab a bite there. Of course, there is a regular Starbucks coffee shop on the ground floor.
– Spend some time looking at the visual corporate timeline outside of the store.
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Based on your blog recommendation, I visited the store in October. I spent $200 and brought gifts back for my coworkers. My lanyard always draws attention fromy local baristas, as does my iPhone button. Great post.