Starbucks: Now Serving Starbucks Coffee

...just in case you were wondering.

The Midtown Starbucks at Smith and West Gray seems exceedingly proud of this fact, writing it in huge letters on a white sign hung from the store's fence, leading us to wonder: What did it serve before it served Starbucks coffee?

A call to the store cleared that up. "If you look really closely at the bottom of the sign, it says 'for $1.50,'" said the young woman who answered the phone. She laughed immediately when I asked about the sign; apparently it's been a conversation point there for a few days.

"When I first saw the sign, I thought it was a little weird," she admitted. "But that's because the bottom part is hidden."

So take heart, folks. Starbucks still is (and always has been) serving Starbucks coffee...for $1.50. But don't miss the fine print, which is even more hidden: It's $1.50 for a small ("tall") cup of coffee.

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Katharine Shilcutt