SC Funeral Home Adds ... Starbucks

Would you like a mocha to go with your mourning?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2012 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Think of the last funeral you attended. Wouldn't it have been so much better if you had a fresh cup of Starbucks brew in your hand? That's apparently the idea at South Carolina's Robinson Funeral Home, where mourners will find an outpost of the coffee chain beginning next month. The funeral home, crematory, and chapel has always been linked to coffee, its owner explains—his great-grandfather initially started the business inside a coffee-selling general store.

Potentially making things awkward: The store will be open to the public, meaning that, theoretically, someone could walk in off the street mid-funeral to get his or her Frappuccino fix. But, the owner stresses to WSPA, "You walk in the front, and it's off to the side. It's not like it's right up front." Plus, there won't be a Starbucks sign outside since the franchise doesn't qualify as a full-size Starbucks. (And don't worry: Free homemade Robinson coffee will still be available to mourners who don't feel like shelling out four bucks for a latte.) Also included? WiFi, the AP reports. Hat tip to Gawker for the find.

A Starbucks drink waits for a customer to pick it up as barista Josh Barrow prepares another at left, Friday, April 27, 2012, in Seattle.
A Starbucks drink waits for a customer to pick it up as barista Josh Barrow prepares another at left, Friday, April 27, 2012, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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