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I only remember when 1124 Pike Street used to house the Utrecht art store, but Seattle residents who’ve lived here longer than me may recall its many previous lives as a car and auto parts dealership.

Since December, the 1920s brick and terracotta building has been the home to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, the fanciest coffee shop I’ve ever set foot in. Even fancier than Storyville at Pike Place Market.

I came here for the first time last month, when the Seattle Urban Sketchers group chose this location for their monthly sketch outing.

While I miss Utrecht, I’m pleased with the building’s transformation. Starbucks’ new shrine to coffee ensures it will remain a unique part of the neighborhood for years to come. And no matter how expensive an espresso may get, it will always be more affordable than the glamorous Packard automobiles that were sold here back in the day.