Starbucks at a Funeral Home Isn’t Sad, It’s Genius

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funeral homeWhen someone you love passes away and you attend their services, do you ever think to yourself: A latte would really hit the spot right now! Well you're in luck, under-caffeinated mourner. Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, South Carolina is building a Starbucks-style coffee shop attached to the home. They will sell coffee and food to mourners and anyone else who happens by.

That funeral director is crazy. Crazy like a fox! Do you know how I even heard about this story? Someone tweeted a link and said, "I could have used an iced macchiato at my grandmother's funeral." Not to mention: Cake.

Maybe we don't have enough coffee shops. Maybe there are other brilliant, untapped, perfect locations for a cup of Joe.

Playgrounds: How many times have I shivered on a chilly playground, wishing someone would sell me a hot cup of coffee. Or melted in the hot sun wishing I could get an iced coffee. We get vendors selling hot dogs, soda, Italian ices -- where is the freakin' coffee? It's what parents need most.

Campgrounds: I would like camping a lot better if there were good coffee. Also if it never rained. And if there were clean bathrooms. And mattresses. And a hotel.

School: Not for the kids! For the teachers, of course, and for parents doing drop-off and pick-up. Say goodbye to your kid, get a cup of coffee, chat a few minutes. 

Church: Oh wait, they're already doing that.

Dentist's office: You're waiting around there forever -- might as well serve you some coffee, too. And then the dentist whitens your teeth for an extra fee. Winning! I can see this working in doctors' offices, too.

Outdoor music festivals: Because I'm getting old and all that marijuana smoke floating through the air makes me sleepy. Actually, maybe there are coffee shops there and I just can't find them thanks to all that marijuana smoke floating through the air.

My mom's house: My mom doesn't drink coffee, so when we visit, we're always making an early-morning run to Starbucks. (Or mixing up some instant -- ewww!) Same with my in-laws. Obviously we need to build a Starbucks in their basements. Open seasonally, of course.

Where would you like to see a coffee shop?


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DebaLa DebaLa

Brilliant. I'll have a cup of "Joe Black" please. "How 'bout a cup of A-wake to go with that head-scone?"  [giggles]

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

To be honest I think it's brilliant marketing. They're definitely going to get business because people are gonna want their comfort drink or food, and for most that's a cup of coffee and a piece of cake or something. Genius.

Heather Duso Johnson

When my grandfather died we were at the funeral home for visitation all day.  I remember a bunch of piling into my sister VW Beetle and running up to the local convenience store for beverages and snacks.  When my sister's dad died earlier this year that funeral home did have at least one vending machine but Starbucks would have been wonderful.  

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

Where We live its normal that all funeral homes give you free coffee and they also have soda you can buy cheap. Some do have snacks to, but in my we always have a dinner after the funeral. idk why we just do lol.

I guess to just sit down and enjoy each other and not just for the sad part of the funeral. Most all funerals are family get together's for the death of a loved one soI guess they think okay so lets eat together to.

I guess when a dinner will be right after its okay to not have snacks at the funeral, But their is usually even if its just donuts or muffins.

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