4634 26th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
BY "JUAN VALDEZ"
By request, this week's visit is at the University Village Starbucks. This is the one that is actually in the Village and I believe is the remodeled version. For the uninformed, the University Village store sits in a fairly large assemblage of shops on the edge of the University of Washington campus hence the name “University Village”.
So let me just start out by saying I like it. Not that it doesn't have a couple of areas for improvement but, overall, I left with a good feeling. If I were a University of Washington student with an endlessly reloadable Starbucks card, this is where I would hang out. And, judging from the lobby full of UW students, they agree.
This is a large store with about 25 tables (two of which are 10 seat communal tables) and a couple of comfy chairs and a couple of comfy couches. There's nothing particularly exciting about the space itself (a simply large rectangle) however the designers did a nice job of arranging the various stations so as not to impede the general flow of traffic.
In particular, the clover machine sits over in its own section past the hand off pane rather than be attached to the serving line. The retail section sits on the opposite end of the serving line; easily accessible but not in the way./CONTINUED IN THE FIRST COMMENT