I don't get the allure of Star Bucks. First off, the coffee there sucks. Its bitter, acrid crap. Second, its ridiculously expensive. Third, the shops near where I live have no character -- no inviting atmosphere. They want you to buy their crappy coffee and get out of the store. There was two of them within a mile from each other on the same road where I live. They closed down the larger location and there was a huge uproar locally about it. Yet, the existing store always has people streaming in at all hours of the day. Who needs a coffee at 6:30 PM?