May 11, 4:59 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Last time I drove by this intersection in Everett I decided to stop for a sketch. High Flying Espresso is at 112th Street SW and Airport Road — have you gone by it?
I see many coffee kiosks around Snohomish County all the time but this one caught my eye. The cup of coffee on the roof looks as if it is ready to take off.
I later talked to the business owner, Linda Thomas, who said the cup used to be part of a float in a parade in Seattle. When Thomas and her husband sold the original structure 10 years ago, they kept the cup to put it on top of the new stand. “It’s become a landmark,” said Thomas. “People will say ‘meet me at the cup.'”
Drive-through coffee kiosks in suburban Seatttle seem to be everywhere now, but that wasn’t the case when High Flying Espresso opened in 1991. “We were the first one in the area,” said Thomas. “There probably wasn’t one any closer than 5 miles to us, probably 10 miles.”
A lot has changed since then, but not our craving for coffee.
May 26, 2010 at 3:56 PM