Annals of Botched Signage

Remember back in May when the City of Charlottetown bowed to developer pressure and sacrificed some trees in the name of capitalism?  Well someone should have sent a clipping up to Starbucks headquarters before they sent down the “Coming Soon” sign for the window:

Starbucks and their Trees

Note the presence of lovely trees setting off the model Starbucks store. What a shame we don’t have any trees like that in front of our new Starbucks.


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LC on September 1, 2009 - 16:55 Permalink

Well said — It was offensive and galling that they would have made the request in the first place and even more offensive when Mayor Clifford Lee , presumably singlehandedly, agreed — None of the Capital City’s other coffee locations like Timothy’s or Beanz would make such requests I am sure and urge readers to patronize tree friendly coffee establishments

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Ken on September 2, 2009 - 01:11 Permalink

The difference between the real trees and the ones in the sign is Starbucks reality gap. They cut down the trees, erect a sign of a tree, and inside you can buy a CD and a percentage will go to save the rainforest. Imagine the good they are doing there, in the rainforest. Saving trees that don’t block their sign.

Once Starbucks puts down roots in Charlottetown with their new branch, their investment will bear fruit or nuts or leaves or twirly helicopter thingys.

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Andrew Chisholm on September 2, 2009 - 14:17 Permalink

Is it just me or does the power pole outside Starbucks stand out line a sore thumb? The tree on the corner once helped cover up the pole but now it’s just…there.

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Oliver on September 4, 2009 - 22:35 Permalink

Maybe they’ll plant one, since they’re so about image. They must have the pull and the money do it, even it is city property. Maybe they’d even be willing to make it a native.

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Oliver on September 4, 2009 - 22:43 Permalink

Incidentally, I wish the site would stop labelling my byline “not verified.” Besides looking myself in the mirror every morning, what am I supposed to do? And if everybody’s to remain unverified, why tag us at all? (or was this hashed out already and I missed it?)