Recently I visited Washington DC, to attend the National Academy of Science's e-Journal meeting. A side meeting took me to Dupont Circle, and that gave me some time to drop by the Starbucks facing the square, which has the distinction of being the first Starbucks store I ever visited.
Starbucks at Dupont Circle.
Even though we already lived in the Seattle area in 2002, it was during a holiday trip to DC that year when I ended up getting a coffee at a Starbucks for the first time. We were visiting the Phillips Collection museum, which not only has a great collection of pieces by van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, and Mondrian, but also has a very intimate feeling, as it is housed in a small building.
We were in DC during the summer, so it was fairly hot and humid. After a lot of walking, we wanted to get something to drink, but could not find a fast food place nearby, so we went to this store and got a few Frapuccinos. That was our introduction to Starbucks' coffee, which we continue to enjoy until today (and now our daughter even works at a Starbucks as a barista).