I love Starbucks in Sequim, but then I love any Starbucks. What is better than a Starbucks double short latte extra hot? Not a soda. Not shopping at Home Depot. Not the evening news, and not even ____. [You fill in the blank.] Well, the point is Starbucks in Sequim is a great place to enjoy a delicious cup of gourmet coffee, or tea, or maybe a strawberry-banana smoothie. And it’s a great place to meet a friend and have some stimulating conversation, or read a book on your tablet or even do some writing on your laptop. I meet clients here regularly, although I do have an office a few blocks away on Bell Street.

Starbucks in Sequim

Starbucks in Sequim Customers

The customers who come to Starbucks in Sequim come in all shapes and sizes and colors and ages. Not that I notice those kinds of things. I do admit that I am fascinated with behavior, not so much looks. So today I stood in line at the Starbucks in Sequim behind a gentleman who left a good 10 to 12 feet between him and the person in front of him. That cracks me up. I’ve seen this in other Starbucks, too. I usually feel like I need to ask if they are actually in line, because I’m not sure. I’ve thought of asking humorous sarcastic questions like, “Does the lady ahead of you have cooties?,” or “Excuse me sir, are you waiting for the rapture, or did you just want a cup of coffee?” Or maybe I should say, “Does the line start ahead of you or behind you?” In the end, I never have the courage to say anything, or maybe I just don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Starbucks in Sequim on a Rainy Day

On a rainy day, it is surprising how busy it can get at Starbucks in Sequim. Everyone apparently loves to sip on a good cup of coffee on a dreary day, although we rarely have dreary days in Sequim. Sequim is the home of the Blue Hole, aka The Rain Shadow. It only rains 16 inches a year, and it’s sunny every day it’s not raining. Maybe.

As long as I’m sharing secrets with you on a blog where the articles are read over three million times a year, I might as well warn you about the free wireless at Starbucks in Sequim. It’s great, except it speeds up and then it slows down to a snail’s pace. I was recently chatting with a gentleman at Starbucks, of course, and he told me that Starbucks sets up the wireless so that it speeds up and slows down intentionally. According to this “inside source,” Starbucks realized long ago that people would just hang out in their stores for hours using the free Internet, but if they programmed the Internet to slow down and almost stop on a regular cycle, those rude customers would not hang out so long taking up precious space.

I love to meet with clients over coffee and answer all their real estate questions. But I think I’m running out of time. I’ve taken up space in Starbucks long enough. The Baristas are starting to look at me. Gotta go. Next time you’re in Sequim, let’s do coffee at Starbucks in Sequim.

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