I absolutely love the Starbucks "You Are Here" collector series of mugs. I have a dozen or so of them, which I drag to and from work with me every day, serve coffee to guests in, and just generally use in ways one would expect a large coffee mug to be used.
Recently on the Fred Orange Starbucks City Mug website though I noticed that there was a new one I didn't have, and surprise...it was local!
|Starbucks Virginia Mug as appeared on eBay
My first stop was the Starbucks location nearest my house in Herndon, Virginia. I planned to start off at the places close by, and then work my way towards other collectors who I knew had them, and hopefully find one along the way, but if not, I'd try Dulles airport as a last resort since they routinely have oddball mugs that I wouldn't expect to find in the Washington DC metro region...and they charge a minimum of $5.00 for parking since I didn't have someone to drive in circles until I could run in and check.
When I found out the Herndon store didn't have one, I immediately went to a Reston location, since, after all, it was on the way to the stores nearest someone I found online who actually had one. After striking out a second time, I continued on to Arlington.
|Boston mugs? At Dulles Airport?
While I completely struck out and none of the 18 locations I stopped at had Virginia, I did score a small victory, albeit it wasn't the one I was looking for. I found Boston at Dulles airport.
Oh well. I'll take the victories where I can get them. I'll live with Boston until the next time I get to make a run down south.