Shott On Location: Spreading the Wealth at Smith Street’s New Starbucks

StarbucksSmithST2.jpg“Oooh, is that the macchiato?” asked one black-frame spectacled customer seated near the doorway, as employees of Smith Street’s newest java joint presented her with a tray of small cups topped with caramel and whipped cream around 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

Handouts seemed in great demand, as Starbucks officially started doing business this week at the corner of Smith and Wyckoff streets–the burgeoning brand’s first location along this hip Brooklyn strip.

Soon after the sample-tray servers departed, another woman sporting a do-rag began making the rounds, asking laptop users seated at the venue’s nine tables to spare a dollar or so.

At least one customer was feeling the coffee company’s stated mission to “[c]ontribute positively to our communities.”

“I gave her two dollars,” said a smartly dressed, computer-equipped gentleman at a nearby table, “to leave me alone.”

“She’s been here twice today,” remarked a store employee.

Behold, the fledgling caffeine outpost’s first regular!

– Chris Shott