28 Feb '15, 5pm

Made in the USA - the story behind #Starbucks community tables from North Carolina

A group of Army Reservists in uniform sit around a community table in a Starbucks near a military base. With coffee cups close, they pour over planning papers. Their attention is focused on the task at hand; unaware the large table they’re using was handmade in the U.S.A. The table, with a smooth maple top and sturdy steel legs, comes from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is one of 27 Starbucks has purchased for its community stores. Though the order might seem small for a global company, it is one of the ways Starbucks exhibits its commitment to locally-relevant design using sustainable materials. And getting an order for a couple dozen handcrafted tables can make a big difference for a small company. Sourcing managers with the Starbucks Global Store Development team are always looking for high-quality, handmade furniture. They discovered Charleston Forge a ...

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