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There’s a Starbucks on every corner, but who would’ve thought one would open in a funeral home

South Carolina funeral home opens Starbucks

They say nothing perks you up like a hot cup of coffee, and Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, S.C., is taking that to heart. The fourth-generation funeral home plans to offer their guests Starbucks cappuccinos and lattes to ease the pain of losing a loved one, for a price.

The funeral home will house a Starbucks bar, offering the official menu of the coffee giant starting this August. Although Starbucks baristas will not work the counter, official Starbucks-trained funeral home staff will serve up Frappuccinos and caramel macchiatos alike, according to TIME.

Signage for the coffee shop will not appear outside of the funeral home (due to an agreement with Starbucks), but the service is not restricted to just mourners. Residents and coffee lovers can stop in to grab their double-doubles, red-eyes, or even their iced, half-calf, double venti, sugar-free vanilla, soy, extra caramel, light-iced, caramel macchiattos.

And while this may be the first of its kind in South Carolina, it won’t be the first funeral-home operated Starbucks. Turrentine Morrow Jackson Funeral Home in Mckinney, Texas, opened their own Starbucks last year. Maybe there is something to a $5 latte that quells a broken heart.

Sean Flynn is a Junior Writer for The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @BuffaloFlynn


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


Starbucks in Funeral Home a Growing Trend in US?

Starbucks is on nearly every corner of the world, but now it appears the chain could be coming to a funeral home near you. Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina is among one of the first to feature a Starbucks café within its building.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011. | (Reuters/Joel Boh)

"We've always served coffee to our families," general manager Chris Robinson told the Easley Patch. "So as part of this new addition, where we're adding a new lobby, new arrangement offices, new bathrooms, we decided to incorporate a separate area for people who want coffee."

Why did Robinson decide to switch to the global chain?

"They have a great product and great name recognition," he explained. "We decided to offer something special as an alternative for a family if they want it. Starbucks really believes in having their coffee served in a very consistent manner, they have high standards."

"We have high standards in our funeral services. We wanted to have something that was parallel to what we're trying to do," Robinson added. The Starbucks café will have its own separate entrance so that funerals will not be disrupted by those simply wanting a cup of coffee.

Of course, Robinson is hoping that the brand will lead people to visit and perhaps lead to overall interest in the funeral home, which is one of the oldest in Easley, South Carolina. This Starbucks will have all the bells and whistles as others, including Wi-Fi and a fireplace.

"I know it sounds strange to be talking about a fireplace in July, but there'll come a time when we need it," Robinson said. He is planning an Open House for August 26, which will allow everyone to see the combination of Starbucks and funeral home.

Robinson is hopeful that the Starbucks addition will provide respite for grieving families.

"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they are going through, that's what it's all about, to make them feel better," he told CNN.


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