This article in USA TODAY (link to original slideshow from The Daily Meal)starts out with the claim that you are never further than 170 miles from a Starbucks in America. We're not so certain about flyover country, but here in LA I think that figure is closer to 170 FEET. Though familiarity breeds contempt, or at least boredom, we can console ourselves with the thought that there are at least this dozen Starbucks Coffee locations around the globe that are interesting, artistic and architecturally significant. (Personally, I can't wait to visit that Fukuoka location with the walls and ceiling made of thousands of sculpturally arranged wood sticks.)
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Excerpt: "It's been said that you're never farther than 170 miles from a Starbucks in America -- and we can assume that will become only more true as Starbucks continues its global domination. As of July 2012, there were 17,651 Starbucks locations worldwide, with an additional 1,500 slated to open in 2013. In fact, the company just recently announced that it would be opening its 1,000th location in Japan this summer.
And while a Starbucks location has a certain aesthetic -- dark wood paneling, Pantone-green accents, chic and comfortable seating for a true coffeehouse vibe -- we can all admit that our Starbucks locations have a big-box store, cookie-cutter feel to them. So when we find uniquely designed Starbucks stores from Singapore to Amsterdam, we get excited for the unusual. With innovative design, unique architecture that fits within the city's landscape and unusual concepts, these are the Starbucks worth visiting."