Starbucks to Open Its First 'Signing' Store in the U.S. for Deaf Customers


Starbucks has been working hard to become more friendly and accessible this year [think racial bias training, the new bathroom policy, & their elimination of plastic straws].

The coffee company is continuing on in this noble endeavor by opening its very first 'signing' store in the United States.

According to the Starbucks News websiteall Signing Store partners will be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) "to drive greater connection with the Deaf and hard of hearing community." The store will also have low-glare reflective surfaces and visual communication tools to help when ordering and picking up drinks at the counter. 

The company will even create artwork [and merch!] that's designed by Deaf artists!

The Signing Store will open in early October at an existing Starbucks in Washington D.C. at 6th and H Street.