@thinkcaroline "fremont"is by far one of the most unique & non touristy neighborhoods:
I visited the store today (Friday November 26, 2010) and it was fairly busy. I tried to get a good photo of the two very large photos hanging on a wall, over the comfy chairs. One shows the sign in Seattle that gives Fremont its nickname “the center of the universe”. There is a sign in Fremont designating it as such. The other shows bicyclists heading in the direction of the Fremont Bridge. I have heard that these two large photos were actually taken by a store partner in that very store, and that Starbucks liked them so much that they bought the rights to the photos from the partner! Also notice the neon “F” on the community board in the store!!! I LOVE it!! That so fits with the quirkiness of the store’s neighborhood.