Thursday, July 1, 2010


It was an invasion from "corporate" at 7th and Montana this morning as an Anonymous Fussbudget and a team of minions swooped-in from what I assume was Starbucks headquarters. I knew something was up from the moment I walked in: The Fussbudget was directing one of his minions to climb a stepladder and check the lightbulbs over each door. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. "Maple is Maple and Walnut is Walnut," said the Fussbudget, expressing his obvious displeasure that the fixtures throughout the store were not all made from the same type of wood. "Take the sugar dispenser," he continued (evidently, it wasn't up to snuff). He lifted the napkin dispenser, looked at it like something unpleasant at the bottom of his shoe, and put it back in place. "Shall we move on to the tiles in the back room?," asked one of the minions, nervously. "I'm not done here yet," replied the Fussbudget. "Some of the trim is missing here and all of this wood needs to be refinished," he said, gesturing towards the espresso bar. The more he went on, the more I wanted to defend Our Favorite Starbucks. The fact is, we have the best Starbucks around. The Baristas are the friendly, the service is great and I, for one, doubt whether anyone minds that some of the fixtures are Maple and others are Walnut. I wouldn't change a thing ... except for maybe the pastry selection!


Paula said...

Yeah who cares, don't you just hate it when someone comes around changing things you are used to.

Webster said...

And what would you like to see on the pastry menu, Marty? I thought you were a fritter man.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sing it from the mismatched rafters.

NikonLady said...

Oh, Marty! I agree the pastries do need a good upgrade, or swirl - who knows?!

I have to admit the tilted image had me tilting my head to read - hahaha! Glad I'm in my office reading this and not at Starbucks.