Iâ€™ve recently gone back to my parents for Christmas, and noticing a difference in the attitudes, atmospheres and people in each place Iâ€™ve been so farâ€¦and considering Iâ€™ve only been back for one day, and visited three different places already â€“ excluding the Airport.
The first was a small chain store (BB Coffee and Muffin), inside a shopping centre. As youâ€™d expect with Christmas shoppers, it was quite busy, and people were in quite a bit of a rush. Considering Iâ€™d ordered the same size Latte here as Iâ€™d done for the rest of the day, Iâ€™d drunk this cup in a very short period of time â€“ didnâ€™t enjoy it very much for this reason, but felt warm inside (if youâ€™ve been watching the weather in the UK recently, itâ€™s a bit cold!), which is a bonus!
The second was a small restaurant my family are regulars at. Had a Latte again, and enjoyed this much more. It might have been the roaring fire in the building, it may have been the superb dinner Iâ€™d just eaten, but it might have been the fact that I was just much more relaxed. And, being more relaxed, I enjoyed the Latte more.
Where I am writing this at the moment is a Starbucks. Itâ€™s quite different to each Starbucks Iâ€™ve been in before, it feels more like your old local pub â€“ the baristaâ€™s are very relaxed, chatty, and recognise people quite easily â€“ considering itâ€™s very near two of the busiest Motorways in the UK, thatâ€™s quite impressive. I did push the boat out here â€“ I got a lovely big Frappe, with lots of whipped cream, so itâ€™s not going to give me the same warming feeling that the Lattes would have, but it does feel quite nice inside here.
What do you think makes a great atmosphere? Iâ€™d love to hear your thoughts on this.
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