I'm a Seattle (area) girl. Born and raised. So the fact that their is literally a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks is no surprise to me. The magnitude of this caffeine monopoly has teetered the scales more towards the ridiculous however.
When I was in high school I had some friends who's family ran a coffee kiosk in the Lakewood mall. I remember talking with one of them about it and about how people are choosing this "new starbucks coffee" over their own... he responded, "I'm not worried. Starbucks is just another fad."
Well... here we are now... maybe that's true - but a deployed friend of mine has access to starbucks coffee while in Kuwait (and its not on base). Not sure this is on the same level as bell-bottoms & leg warmers (which are back now?) - Starbucks never leaves in order to return to the next generation. They're always here. We can't get rid of them.
We find them everywhere... including in the streets and on the sides of the road...
Warning: This is a soapbox .... to be honest - I prefer coffee shops where it takes more skill than pressing a button in order to make a good cup of coffee. You don't have to agree. I like the nostalgia of knowing Seattle created starbucks... but it's lost it's original vision. Give me a quiet coffee shop where the barista refuses to give you the coffee if it's not made right - even if it takes a little longer. This isn't McDonalds.