Unclear on the concept
I enjoyed reading an article recently about how not only does Starbucks sell a lifestyle (cool, hip) not just coffee (most Starbuck's drinkers couldn't choke down real coffee without the mocha, ice, cream, sugar, and whipped cream) but the "non-Starbucks" coffee shops were selling their own alternative lifestyle as well, for contrarians like me who don't like Starbucks either because the coffee tastes like a burnt match (me) or just because (those who insist on getting non-fat triple mochachinos or whatever).
Anyway, I patronize a local non-Starbucks for my afternoon large (sorry, "macho") after making my own at home in the mornings. All I can say is this place is very non-Starbucks with staff who will happily discuss their mental illnesses and are never, never in a hurry. The coffee, however, is excellent.
Today I noticed a sign saying they would no longer accept $20 dollar bills. How stupid is that? The default bill from ATM's is the 20 (at least outside Las Vegas) and they are turning people away. I asked if I could use a $20 today as it is all I have and the guy told me I was fine (maybe because I'm a regular?). He said he just had to be careful in the morning because they had limited change and everyone (I knew he meant all those people with, you know, regular jobs) wanted to pay with $20s. In general, I wouldn't invest in a business which tried to keep you from giving them money.