Starbucks' artsy new mini-modular pops up in metro Denver

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J. Wohletz
The recycled wood facade of the new Starbucks.
The seasonal, pumpkin-flavored coffees and baked goods at Starbucks are my favorite part of fall, and so I head over to my neighborhood Starbucks early -- and often -- to get pumpkin spice lattes, slabs of fragrant pumpkin bread dotted with roasted pumpkin seeds, and iced pumpkin scones.

But this past weekend, I decided to take a quick drive to look at the leaves and see the new, artsy, mini-model Starbucks that just debuted at 200 West 104th Avenue in Northglenn, just off I-25. It's only the second in this country and the fourth in the world.

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J. Wohletz
...and the fancy metalwork to go with the wood facade.
I initially had some trouble locating this Starbucks because the address wasn't listed on the website -- but when I finally got close to the reported location, it was easy to recognize from the photos. This diminutive, decorative store is a mere 500 square feet in size, with old snow-fencing wood panels from Wyoming on the exterior façade, along with striking black metal accents.

This is the Mazda Miata of Starbucks.

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J. Wohletz
This model seats two employees...
The prefabricated Starbucks store was loaded onto a truck for transport, then stuck on a modest patch of lawn late last month. It has a walk-up window and a drive-thru, but no internal seating. The menu boards are placed outside, and list a limited menu of Starbucks coffee drinks, teas, juice drinks, bistro boxes and pastries.

But I didn't need the menu, having spent more time at Starbucks than I did at home during college, and just trotted up to the window and ordered a pumpkin spice latte and a slice of pumpkin bread -- which was sold out. I opted instead for the banana bread. I felt kinda weird waiting for my order, and even weirder after I got it, because there is no outdoor seating at this location, either, so after using the walk-up window you either have to walk off to your car or the lawn, where you can stand awkwardly and sip.


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