PhotoGrid_1410880025494 copyOn my way into work today (September 16, 2014), I decided to drop by the Starbucks at 1912 Pike Place in Seattle, Washington. I’ve been many times. Today, I happened to be looking for gifts and dropped by in search of Starbucks gift ideas.

This Starbucks is known as the “First Starbucks.” It offers completely one-of-a-kind merchandise and a unique experience!

There are unique tumblers, mugs, and a Pike Place 16-ounce cold cup too. There’s even a unique Pike Place Starbucks card too (not shown here). Not all the unique merchandise is shown but this gives you an idea of what I mean:

IMAG2481 Cold cups at 1912 Pike Place 16 Sept 2014IMAG2482 Pike Place Mugs - American made - 16 Sept 2014IMAG2483 You Are Here mugs and Pike Place Special Reserve - 16 Sept 2014You can even get an exclusive coffee, which is the Pike Place Special Reserve.

Speaking of coffee, the 1912 Pike Place Starbucks is one of the few in the corporation that offers Starbucks Reserve coffees but does not have a Clover brewer. You can get a wonderful handcrafted slow pour over of a Reserve coffee.

IMAG2493 Reserve Pour Over at 1912 Pike Place - 16 Sept 2014If you stand watching for a few minutes, you’ll notice that the register baristas toss the paper cups (yes, cups go flying through the air) to the bar barista, for he or she to catch. This has to be the only store with this system! This is the universal sign that ‘I’m ready for cups to be tossed at me‘. 😉

IMAG2504 Kazon catching cups 16 Sept 2014The bar baristas have special multi-tasking talents! I’m always listening to what’s happening in the store, and Kazon (shown above) as she made drinks, would ask customers where they were from and welcome them to Seattle. I heard her talking to tourists from Japan and New York who’d come to Seattle and had made this store a top priority to visit. Kazon is amazing. I’ve heard other partners do the same at the bar.

Don’t forget to admire how beautiful the front of the store is!

IMAG2499 Front of 1912 Pike Place Starbucks - 16 Sept 2014One of the most common questions I get asked (whether by email, Facebook, Twitter or other means) is “What Starbucks things should I do when I visit Seattle?” I’ve compiled a list of such things here. If you’ve ever thought about a vacation to Seattle and you’re a Starbucks fan, please click on that link.

Thanks for enjoying this trip with me to 1912 Pike Place. And yes, I did pick out some gifts. Mission accomplished.