I admit it: I'm a fan of our local Starbucks.
I like the new long family-style table. And just this morning, with a line out the door, the courteous and conscientious staff took my order while I was still at least 10 people away from the counter.
They are nice and cool people, Starbuckaristas, and so organized—in fact—that I was wondering how many were actually unemployed recent MBA grads? (nah, they're probably English PhDs and would-be something-cool-or-others looking for some health insurance and a steady paycheck). I almost didn't mind shelling out $4.73 for my grande vanilla latte. Though, Jesus, that is a LOT of money for a cup of coffee.