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Unsung Heroes #124

On Sunday, I left at 6:30 a.m. for a statewide soccer coaches’ meeting in Wethersfield.

First I snagged a coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Then I hit CVS, for the New York Times. (I read it online 6 days a week. For some reason, I still buy the dead-trees Sunday edition.)

It was early, so the woman behind the Dunkin’ register and the guy at CVS barely registered with me.

But as I drove north, I realized: They must have gotten up very early. They traveled here from wherever they lived (probably not Westport). They did all kinds of prep work. They served me efficiently and a smile, even though I scarcely made eye contact.

And they do that every single day.

Coffee with a smile!

I don’t know the name of the Dunkin’ woman, or the man at CVS. But I do know that they — and many others like them, at Starbuckses, gas stations, and plenty of other places around town — make our mornings much more tolerable.

So the next time you buy a coffee, bagel, newspaper, or anything else — especially if the sun is not yet up — thank the man or woman who hands it to you.

I know I will.

(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)

Starbucks Stars With Education Buck$

Say what you will about Starbucks (and people say plenty).

You have to admit: The company that popularized the words “venti” and “barista,” and brought the world drinks like cotton candy frappuccino, is a great supporter of education.

Every benefits-eligible US partner (aka “employee”) — even those working part-time — is eligible for 100% tuition reimbursement for a first-time bachelor’s degree through one of Arizona State University’s 80 online programs.

Nora Anzalone — who works at the Starbucks in Parker Harding Plaza — chose English literature.

Juggling work and school was not easy, but Nora did it.

The other day, she earned her degree.

To celebrate, Nora’s downtown Starbucks threw a graduation party.

Nora Anzalone (right) with supervisor Tayna Hovanec.

No word on how her name was spelled on the cup.

(Hat tip: Charmian Hall)

Pic Of The Day #639

A dog enjoys a Pupachino at the Starbucks near Carvel. It’s whipped cream in a cup (dry), or with a splash of aqua (wet). According to JP Vellotti — who was next in line, and snapped this photo — they’re free. For dogs. 

Starbucks’ Bad Spelling Moves Beyond Coffee Cups

These 3 misspellings in 8 words at the Post Road location could be a world record.

You Want Vermin With That Order?

It’s a regular “06880” feature. Not as frequent as bad/entitled/obnoxious parkers, but still annoyingly often.

The gross garbage dump in Parker Harding Plaza.

The most recent “06880” post was on June 14.

One of the 18 comments was from the Downtown Merchants Association:

The Westport DMA has developed a detailed plan for improving downtown maintenance, where a majority of the costs will be handled by businesses, with some contribution from the Town for public areas, including roads, public parking lots and public buildings. This is to include both summer and winter maintenance, as well as trash.

The Town portion is still under discussion, made more challenging in the current budget climate. However, a specific plan to vastly improve the trash situation and general appearance for Parker Harding is in an advanced stage of collaborative approval (which will include a consolidated and upgraded trash area) and hopefully will be accomplished this summer.

Well, summer has come and gone. This was the view an hour ago:

Oh — you want a closeup of whatever it is the arrow is pointing to?

Yep, that’s some form of vermin.

Just the thing to enjoy with your grande vanilla bean creme frappuccino.

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There Were 3 Empty Spaces At Starbucks. Then This Guy Grabbed ‘Em.

Because Getting That Frappuccino NOW Is So Much More Important Than Blocking 3 Cars, Plus Everyone Else Behind You

Yes, she parked here — right in the middle of the Starbucks lot — this morning.

Yes, she went inside.

No, she did  not care who she inconvenienced.

(Photo/Bart Shuldman)

 

A Semi-Shoutout For Starbucks

Recently, Starbucks moved across the Post Road. It exchanged comfy, friendly digs with limited parking near the diner for cold, unfriendly digs with equally limited parking — but a drive-thru! — near Bank of America.

Fairly quickly, customers noticed that the coffee chain with the green logo was anything but environmentally green. The outside was a mess — though that’s been cleaned up a bit.

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The new Starbucks, a few days after opening.

Meanwhile, inside there was no way for customers to separate paper and plastic goods from everything else.

Robie Spector had spent years trying to get managers at the previous Starbucks location to recycle. Facing defensiveness and obfuscation, she stopped going there.

Robie gave the new place a try. She was distressed to see no recycling.

She tried again. Again, she got the same lack of answers and “a dash of odd vibe.”

She contacted Starbucks corporate. A district manager called back, blaming the landlord.

Robie contacted the first selectman’s office, who told her to call Public Works. They had good news: State law mandates that businesses recycle.

However, there are no inspectors. So companies do what they want, unchecked.

As they chatted, Robie and Scott Sullivan of Public Works realized that Panera by Home Goods does a great job of recycling. Robie set up a meeting with Sharon, the general manager, who was quite helpful. She emboldened Robie to keep pressing Starbucks’ district manager.

She did. Finally, Robie says, Starbucks is recycling.

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At least, it seems that way. Of course, it could all end up in the same place out back. (Thankfully though, that trash has been cleaned up.)

As Thomas Jefferson sort of said, eternal vigilance is the price of a grande iced sugar-free vanilla latte with soy milk.

Too Much Trash?

We won’t say there’s a direct correlation between “06880”‘s recent posts about the garbage, parking and staffing problems at the new Westport Starbucks, and Howard Schultz’s decision today to step down as CEO.

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Then again, we won’t say there isn’t.

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As If Parking At The New Starbucks Isn’t Bad Enough…

…this was the scene around 7:30 this morning:

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Perhaps the trash collection service has not figured out the new location.

Perhaps the baristas have not thought to notify them that garbage is piling up.

One thing is sure: This is not the sight our town — or the company — want to present to customers as they line up for their very expensive morning joe.

(Hat tip: Allison Adler)