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The Astor Place Starbucks

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Two of my favorite things in the world (besides Jennifer Aniston, of course) are Starbucks coffee and Sex and the City.  So it was only natural that I stalk the Starbucks featured in Sex and the City: The Movie  while I was in New York a few weeks ago.  🙂  The Starbucks used in SATC  is located on Astor Place and is actually one of the busiest Starbucks in New York.  It also just happens to be Matt Damon’s Starbucks of choice.  🙂  I found this location thanks to the Sex and The City: The Movie book, which features an entire chapter dedicated to filming locations.  LOVE IT! 

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The Astor Place Starbucks was featured twice in SATC: The Movie.  It first shows up in one of the funniest scenes in the movie, as the location where Carrie holds her personal assistant interviews and meets “Louise from Saint Louis” (Jennifer Hudson) for the first time.  That scene was actually the first scene Jennifer Hudson filmed for the movie and, according to the Sex and the City: The Movie book, at the end of the day she sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” to the cast and crew.  In fact, all of the actors who played Carrie’s interviewees in the scene are well-known Broadway singers.

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Later on in the movie, Carrie and Louise once again visit this same Starbucks.  But this time, Carrie has a new head of hair – long, dark brown locks.  A little bit of SATC trivia – Carrie’s brown mane in the movie was actually a wig!  

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While walking to the Astor Place Starbucks, I couldn’t help but wonder why, out of the 178 Starbucks locations in New York City, producers choose this one for filming?  But once I entered the front doors, it all became clear.  The Astor Place Starbucks is the BIGGEST Starbucks I have ever seen in my life.  It has to be at least 2,000 square feet.  It’s massive size must have made it the easy choice for filming a movie with a large crew and large cameras.

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While researching the Astor Place Starbucks this morning, I came across this AMAZING website and pretty much spent my whole morning absolutely engrossed by it!  Apparently, there is a man named Winter whose goal in life is to visit every single Starbucks location on the planet.  A man after my own heart, I’m telling you.  🙂  I told my boyfriend about Winter and his unique mission this morning and he replied “That sounds like something you would do!”  LOL  I better never meet this Winter guy, I have a feeling we’d be trouble together.   🙂  On a side note, if you are at all a Starbucks fan like myself and find yourself in New York, you will be very excited to know that the Herald Square Macy’s houses not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Starbucks – one on the first floor balcony, and one each on levels 3, 5, and 6!  I was in heaven while shopping there.  🙂  LOL  The above picture is of a Macy’s sign showing all of its Starbucks locations that I took while riding the escalator, which explains why it turned out a bit blurry.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Sex and the City  Starbucks is located at the corner of Astor Place and Layfayette Street in Manhattan.

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Celeb’s Coffee of Choice

While we all know that Britney Spears can’t live without her daily Starbucks ration, it seems that most other celebs in the LA area much prefer a smaller coffeehouse chain called Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Because I am absolutely obsessed with coffee and Starbucks (if I had my way – and the money – I’d easily drink three or four iced lattes a day!) I recently started reading a great book about the chain called Starbucked by Taylor Clark.  Starbucked  chronicles the history of Starbucks and also tells much of the history of Coffee Bean, as well.  So last weekend, after I learned of the location, I dragged my boyfriend to Brentwood to stalk the very first Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store.

The first Coffee Bean was founded in 1963 by Herbert Hyman and immediately had a celebrity following.  Ronald Reagan, Lee Marvin, Jason Robards, Johnny Carson and Jacques Cousteau all became regulars at the Brentwood store shortly after its opening.  Today, celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, David Beckham, and Benji Madden are Coffee Bean regulars and paparazzi can often be seen loitering outside the various LA locations of the chain.  Several CB stores were also featured regularly on the series Entourage as a meeting place for Vince and his crew.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The very first Coffee Bean can be found at 11698 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood.  I recommend ordering an ice blended – they are the best you’ll ever taste!

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This Might Just Be What Finally Puts Britney Over the Edge!!

britney-starbucks.jpgI am sad to report that on Tuesday, February 26th, every single  Starbucks store is going to close between the hours of 5:30PM and 8:30PM for an emergency re-training session with CEO Howard Schultz.  Whatever is BritBrit going to do if she wants her beverage of choice during those three hours??  For that matter, what am I going to do???  Thank God Sophie Kinsella’s (my very favorite author!!!) new book comes out that day to keep my mind off of my Starbucks withdrawals!!

You can read more on the story here.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

13goingon30-002.jpgStalk It:  Britney’s Starbucks of choice is located at the Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, right on Pacific Coast Highway.  You can read a more detailed post about Britter’s fave Starbucks here.

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