Does Starbucks Community = Actual Community?

starbucks hove

I’ve got a theory. Actually calling it a theory is over playing it. It’s more like a suspicion, or maybe an inkling. Whichever of the two fits best.

I’ve been into a few different branches of Starbucks recently and noticed that they’ve all got these ‘community’ boards. I suspect they’re a global thing. They’re basically free spaces for local people to stick up notices (the photo above is from the Hove branch).

I’m hypothesising that you can tell how active a local community is by the density of notices on the board. However, I’m basing this on a very limited sample of 5 Starbucks branches.

  • 3 in the City in London – very little community
  • 2 in Brighton and Hove – lots of community, typically based around Tai Chi and tofu-weaving ;-)

Anyone have any observations to support or destroy my suspicions?

Brighton Chip Shop

Anthropologists could figure out a lot about Brighton just by looking at this chippy window. It’s all breakbeats (old skool rave, drum and bass, coldcut and breaks), with an odd rock thing in there too. And of course there’s a small dose of Tai Chi for good measure.