I was at the Starbucks at Howard and Western in Chicago this morning -- it just opened last Friday -- when a 30-something oh-so-stylish woman walked in with her dog and stood in line. Just before I was about to say something -- the woman also got a what-the-hell?! look from the guy in front of her -- a Starbucks employee told her she couldn't have the animal in the store. (This store serves warm sandwiches, on top of the usual fare.) He let her place her order or told her to wait outside for the drink. A few minutes later he took it outside and appeared to give her her change. I don't believe she gave him a tip; I'll mention it the next time I'm in there and toss the guy a buck.
> BATTLE OF THE CUPS: This new Starbucks is a stone's throw from a Dunkin' Donuts; both stores have put up huge inflatable to-go-cups to get noticed on this busy intersection. A friend of mine wonders how long before they're deflated by vandals.