Starbucks as a Commonplace

Even within their mission statement that reads: “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time” (Starbucks Website), Starbucks is a commonplace. Located in 25,085 locations throughout the world, Starbucks brings together a variety of people. Personally, I come for the quality coffee which is reflected in the brand and the easthetic atmosphere, where I can relax and maybe read or get some work done. However, thinking about the type of people gathered there, I realize that it is usually the wealthier middle and upper class, the ones who can afford the luxury of the experience. Then I wonder: what does that do for the commonplace if the people who can’t afford the coffee are kept out? Is it a sort of secluded area meant to only welcome the wealthy community? If so, why is that?

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