“I’m not basic,” whispered I, a white girl, as I trudged through the snow to take iPhone photos of a Starbucks.
As you might have heard from the Argus or the Middletown Press or both, a Starbucks is opening on Washington Street next month. Specifically, it’s opening in the hilariously-named Price Chopper Plaza (edit by kitab 2/2/17: the Plaza is actually the Home Depot/Price Chopper Plaza, inexplicably sometimes just called the Home Depot Plaza, so they definitely make the name up at random), meaning it’s opening in a rectangular block located in the Price Chopper/Home Depot parking lot. Whether you think of the coffee empire as Pumpkin Spice Heaven or “Um, May I Speak To Your Manager?” Hell, this is decidedly a game-changer. No longer will the Dunkin Donuts on Wash be the sole purveyor of mediocre chain coffee in this town. Choose your side.
I decided to check out the new location, because I had no class today and it’s only Week 1 and I had
internship apps piling up nothing better to do. (Shoutout to Kat Kaplan ’18 for giving me a ride over). This led to the eerie experience of driving through an empty, snow-covered Starbucks drive-thru and parking next to a sad, sinking banner announcing the location’s opening. See photos after the jump:
I did not know this, but apparently Starbucks has been expanding their drive-thru locations since 2013. Even if they weren’t, it would make sense to put one here; this stretch of Wash is crawling with fast food drive-thru competitors, and it’ll make it easier for Wesleyan students to drive down the hill and buy a Caramel Macchiato.
Still, I’m skeptical that the new Starbucks will be a viable competitor to Pi Café or Espwesso or even the Usdan grab-n-go. It’s not like you’ll be able to roll out of bed and grab a tall latte five minutes before class, even if you do own a car. Plus, without the cult-y New Englander following that Dunkin has, Starbucks doesn’t seem quite as popular on campus. (The only Wes student I’ve known to trek to the Rocky Hill location is dionysus – make of that what you will).
Anyways, here are more photos of frosty capitalism. Enjoy.