Starbucks was founded by three partners; Jerry Baldwin, Zev Seigl, and Gordon Bowker, whom began their journey with a single store on March 30, 1971 in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Back then they were just a roaster and retailer offering whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices, now they have evolved into a coffeehouse that not only sells coffee beans but also produce drinks – some which have become their signature drinks. In 1998, Starbucks successfully entered the European market through its acquisition of 65 Seattle Coffee Company stores in the UK.
More than just a coffeehouse for coffee lovers everywhere, Starbucks is also a haven for students who want a boost of caffeine whilst working on their homework, a pick-me-up whilst workers read through their emails, and the 'catch-up-over-coffee' location for friends seeking a comfortable, relaxed environment.
At the Gracechurch Street branch, Starbucks takes pride of its roots and customers are reminded of the year of establishment with the huge 'since '71' sign located boldly at the entrance.
The sign is made up from naturally rusted steel lettering with an oak veneer housing. This aged, detail interior lighting is vital to Starbucks' brand, and our Eco Flex range truly delivered by emitting an ambient circle of light around the wooden structure contributing to the atmosphere of the shop.