Starbucks’ newest store will take you on a trip back in time to early 1900’s in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. Located at the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, the new store pays tribute in a big way to city’s rich history as a coffee trading port and to city’s artistic soul.
Starbucks designers reimagined how the store might have looked if owned by a Louisiana merchant at the turn of the 20th century. So, they made the front of the store to look like an old-fashioned apothecary with floor-to-ceiling shelves behind a large coffee bar.
Back of the store is designed to mimic a merchant’s living space with much more laid back feel. Furnished with old-fashioned wooden school chairs around a 12 foot table made from a slab of a wind-fallen tree. The spacious area offers customers a place to meet, greet and work at the same place.
All decorations at the store are done by local artists. Chandeliers are created by local sculptor David Borgerding from old wrought iron gates to honor city’s mercantile heritage. Painter Jason Horton did paintings of coffee beans on small block canvases displayed on the shelves. While Cherrylion Studio created the 12 block paintings to tell the story of coffee from bean to cup, this also compliments the special limited edition coffees available at the new store. Back of the store features a large mural created by artist Tommy Taylor that references to Starbucks siren and New Orleans’ shipping legacy. Most important of them all, a chandelier made from vintage horns is hanging above the table in a big nod to recognize New Orleans’ jazz roots.
Next time when you visit Big Easy try Starbucks special editions, limited editions and old editions at this new store that look like an old store.