Weekend Wrap Up – Treat Receipt Style

This weekend was filled with plenty of activity…good thing those treat receipts kept my explorations going all weekend long!

First, I’ve been watching construction on my new (walking distance) Starbucks store which is so exciting!  I’ve never thought about all that goes into a Starbucks store before this year, but with all the different locations around the world that I see through my eyes or the eyes of partners/customers, I have a LOT more appreciation for all the design and work that goes into them now!

The latest Seattle store proved that to me on Sunday… so follow on down this post to see more about the new store and what’s happening all around us with Starbucks if you stop to take a look around….

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With the oldest at the farm, my Saturday was spent all day and night with my youngest…just the two of us!  We spent a good portion of the morning relaxing but then went for a swim at our community center and then enjoyed the last outdoor movie of the season in our garden.

The bonfire was burning and s’mores were a melting (at least for the little one)…and WAY too many chocolate pieces were eaten!!!

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That is probably why there was a lot more watering and playing in the garden going on than watching of the movie!

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Sunday was a busy one that started with meeting Winter and his filming crew for a National Geographic show at Kerry Park.

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It was great to see Winter again, speak to him at least for a little while and meet the NatGeo team and hear about their show!

From Kerry Park I just had to take advantage of the beautiful afternoon and get a Beechers cheese & Salumi plate at Roy Street Coffee.

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While enjoying one of my favorite dishes I get a text from Winter who’s right down the street taping at the new Broadway & Pike Starbucks store, with news that a wonderful Tazo partner, Cody, was now at this newest store.  Of course after enjoying my Roy Street Coffee dinner I knew I had a #TreatReceipt in my pocket just waiting to be my last of the summer season, so why not make it at the new store!

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The store is simply beautiful!  From the carefully restored antique doors at the entrance, to the restored wood tables and up cycled lighting, to the open-case, Parisian-style baked goods display…no stone was left unturned when putting this complete Starbucks package together!

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I learned a LOT on Sunday!  From Winter & National Geographic’s crew, about the focus at Starbucks to get new stores to be LEED certified, to the Broadway & Pike’s restored, up cycled and Eco focused design.  I especially loved learning about the new, yummy “Evolution Harvest” treats for Starbucks stores that are of course inspired from the brand I love, Evolution Fresh, and soon to be coming to a Starbucks store this fall!

When NatGeo was interviewing me for Winter’s show they asked if I was tired of the Starbucks menu 7 months into my challenge?  I get asked that question (and what next years challenge will be) a lot now.  But with all I’m surrounded with already, and now with even MORE goodies like “Evolution Harvest” coming out soon…. I ask you how I EVER could get tired of the innovative, amazing options from the brilliant minds at Starbucks?

Everywhere I turn lately something new is being introduced that’s part of a bigger, grander plan…and these new options are all starting to support each other in the Starbucks stores too, not just as individual, stand-alone concepts anymore!

This year’s theme has been coming into view for me for months and is now being supported in every direction I turn…. Community!

So with that, I tip my hat (or should I say Frappuccino?!) to you, the partners of Starbucks because whether it is Howard’s grand design or a collaboration of minds at corporate, there is no grander word, no grander concept in the world than the building of and the establishment in a strong, beautiful community that cares like this Starbucks one I see all around.

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Thanks for the #TreatReceipts, the (sometimes too many to keep my girlish figure!) Frappuccinos, the new push towards more LEED & Eco living that we all HAVE to implement into our lives, but mostly…thanks for this community Starbucks.

Community is what the world continues to fight for, what we dare to dream big about, what we all continue to be inspired through and (I believe) is at the core of every humans desire to belong and be apart of something bigger than ourselves in some way shape or form.

Starbucks, take it from a person who’s been living your brand for over half a year, a sense of community is what anybody will see everyday, through and through if they are stopping to take a look around…and yours dear siren is growing into a community that is nothing short of spectacular!

Friday Follow Up – Starbucks Bloggers Activate!

I always loved the cartoon characters the Wonder Twins, I think I originally seen them on Scooby Doo… another staple of my childhood.  But the whole thing about the Wonder Twins was their phrase “Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!”  That concept of two people coming together to activate into a super power was EXACTLY what Dylan M Austin’s adventures with me on Wednesday felt like.  We were a Starbucks force for sure because our day’s worth of adventures were POWERFUL to say the least!

And when I say adventures, yes… we pushed the bar to get as much Starbucks and Seattle sight-seeing in that we possibly could take in one day.  Which we successfully achieved and which I had to take a day of rest (yesterday) to catch my breath from!

After a whole day spent with Dylan I have so much appreciation for his love of the siren, his youthful vigor and mature demeanor, his visions and goals both personally and professionally and when I tell you he is an absolute joy to be around I am not kidding.  This young man is certainly on his way in life and Starbucks is all the better for having people like him under their wing!

So, let the following pictures guide you through the adventures we had on Wednesday and if you get a chance to check out his videos along with the other Five Awesome Baristas please do!  Also, Dylan can be found at his Twitter and Blog pages… and hopefully at a Seattle location near us SOON!

First of all, we drove to the SBC (Seattles Best Coffee) drive-thru only blocks away from corporate.

SBC Seattles Best Coffee Drive Thru

I had not visited this location before but learned SO MUCH about new menu items for me (YEAH!) and a LOT about the Seattle’s Best Coffee (@SBC) expansion in Texas and where they are headed.  We learned all this and more from the super-friendly partner, Valarie, who was just a pure joy to begin our day with!  Valarie (and partners) I will be back to try MORE of those wonderful SBC pies!  (probably today!)

SBC Valarie

From there it was a quick hop, skip and a jump down to one of my favorite Starbucks stores, the container store!  Boy, do I ever want a tour inside that place someday!

Dylan Starbucks Container store

From south Seattle we started our “loop” back and drove up to the infamous Viretta Park memorial for Kurt Cobain next to his home.

Kurt Cobain's home

I haven’t made a Seattle “pilgrimage” for a long time considering I’ve pretty much lived here my whole life.  The experience is pretty neat to relive and even if you are a local, I would suggest doing these touristy things sometimes so you can reflect on what we are surrounded with everyday that is special!

From Montlake we headed over to University Village Tazo Tea.  Partner Travis was again a pleasure to learn from, and this visit I decided to try his last suggestion… a Sultry-Strawberry Tea Italian Soda.  OMG, this drink is SO YUMMY!  Here is part of the process of hand-making this creation, the carbonation station.

Tazo Carbinator

We both had a plethora of information to contemplate concerning tea, and it’s a product that is very much on both our radar’s to explore for sure!  We were greeted by the store manager, Meggan, who also had a visiting partner from Toronto in store… it was really turning out to be a fabulously, sunny, Seattle adventure!

Tazo TeaLicious Italian Soda

But we were not through yet… OH NO!

From there we walked over to the University Village Evolution Fresh store so Dylan could try out their store.  We were sorry to miss the wonderful new manager, Lena, but we were greeted by her super friendly and helpful, knowledgeable partners Nate and Molly who helped Dylan sample so many wonderful items from the Evolution Fresh menu!  I’m sure by now most readers, partners, SSC and anybody I can speak to know how much I LOVE this Evolution Fresh brand, and hopefully the rest of the country (world?!) will one day too because it is really amazing!

Evolution Fresh Lunch with Dylan

With full tummies from our Evolution Fresh lunch and juice tasting (that sweet burn ROCKS!) Dylan and I decided to go for a walk because I had been hearing rumors that a NEW Starbucks CONCEPT was in the making.  I’m not sure where the new store will be housed by my sources tell me that it is a “re-evolving the store (Tazo) to be a new concept store under the Teavana brand name.”  Apparently the new store will open in November and “will represent a cafe’-style experience to include hand-crafted tea beverages and tea inspired food pairings in addition to the portfolio of Teavana’s world-class loose leaf tea and merchandise.”

Um, YES PLEASE!  More Tazo, more Teavana, more Starbucks concepts coming SOON!  I am truly the LUCKIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD this year with this challenge and I am so happy to help spread the word about everything amazing that Starbucks is doing… Living in Seattle truly is an experience of a lifetime!

From our little walk we decided to first check out Gasworks park and then make our way over to the infamous Fremont Troll.  But before we could go trolling we had to make a quick stop at the Fremont Starbucks and pick up our #treatreceipt goodies…

Fremont Starbucks

So, with refreshers in hand we ventured over to the troll and did the ULTIMATE Seattle #Sipface (thanks to Dylan’s BRILLIANT idea!)…

Fremont Troll #Sipface

There seriously isn’t anything better than troll #sipface!  EXCEPT maybe…

Dylan in Seattle

A Kerry Park #sipface?  I had to show Dylan this memorable spot of Seattle photo-taking since I already did my version this summer (back in May) too…

Seattle Starbucks Sipface

Were we done yet???  OH NO WE WERE NOT!  Dylan and I quickly realized that there was ONE MORE stop left on his list, my cozy little fav up on the hill… Roy Street Coffee!

Roy Street Baked Goods

I know I’m on a diet, I KNOW I am on a DIET… but really?  This sign, this case, THESE Strawberry Rhubarb Bars RIGHT HERE!  Yep… “what diet?”

Of course, just having the pleasure of sitting down with Winter at Roy Street Coffee last week, Dylan and I had to take the (soon to be iconic) photo in front of the Roy Street Coffee sign!

Dylan and I at Roy Street

Okay, Okay… this was the end (not really, but only Dylan knows the “rest of the story”) of our day’s adventures.

Like I said, the day was a whirlwind of Seattle, Starbucks and getting to know this up-and-coming talent in the Starbucks and Internet communities which was truly a real pleasure!

Dylan I hope your trip back home was nice and RELAXING, especially after the amazing day we had on Wednesday!  I hope you liked my hand-made card, that you have grown to LOVE my home even more and that our city will be lucky enough to have your presence in it soon!  Our Wonder Twin powers definitely activated the Starbucks social media feeds all day!

I am so excited for another Starbucks, Tazo, Teavana concept store this fall… OMG!

Have a GREAT WEEKEND everybody!