The first Starbucks location to ever be put inside a zoo opened in St. Louis this weekend.
The walk-up store opened its doors on Friday at the St. Louis Zoo and has been busy with visitors ever since.
Although the menu features the same drinks as other Starbucks stores, this location will have compostable straws since the zoo has transitioned from plastic ones. The pavement around the store is permeable which will allow rainwater to drain through to the lake behind the store.
Following the Eco-friendly approach, special markings were placed on the store's windows to prevent birds from crashing into them and getting hurt.
Also, Candy Crossing, a new candy store, is located next to the coffee shop.
The store will sell fudge and animal-themed candies. According to the zoo, these products are all palm oil free or use sustainable palm oil.
"The source of the palm oil agrees to keep a certain amount of their acreage in a natural environment which is an animal environment, so therefore not eradicating the environment the animals live in," said Judy Rancour, St. Louis Zoo director of retail operations.
There will also be a deck in the back looking over the lake behind the two stores.
Solar panels will be placed on the canopy over the deck that will help power both buildings and provide shade for visitors.
The deck will open late summer.
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