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Starbucks Could Turn to Booze in Their Mid-Life Crisis

The prototype Starbucks in Seattle (Photo courtesy Seattlest)
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At the "Starbucks of the future," things could be less "Tommorowland" and more old-school cafe. The multi-national chain has just opened a prototype location in its base city Seattle that could change the face of your neighborhood 'bucks in the coming years, according to USA Today.It's not just $4 Skinny Sugar-Free Vanilla Lattes that the coffee chain will be pouring at this newly-remodeled Seattle location, but also regional beer and wine, and "an expansive plate of locally made cheeses — served on china."

Want to linger over your low-fat muffin? Take a seat up close at the barista bar on "green" salvaged chairs and drink in the decor with your bigger, more involved (and more expensive, natch) coffee bev. The re-decor is focused on muted colors, and meant to look like a neighborhood haunt that's been around for years; in the evening, alcohol appears on the menu to counterbalance the caffeine crush of the morning hours.