Easley, SC - Chris Robinson's family has been burying the dead for decades, always offering a home-brewed cup of joe to those filled with grief.
It's personal touches like those that have made Robinson's one of the most popular funeral homes in Easley. And now it's undergoing a little renovation.
A Starbucks menu. A new addition that Robinson thinks will soothe the pain of losing a loved one.
"If this provides them a little escape and gives them a break from the stress they're going through, then that's what it's all about. It's to make them feel better."
The Starbucks will be right next to the new chapel. Though two doors and a wall will keep it somewhat separate. And yes, Robinson will make money from this venture. The store will have employees, a cash register, and all the things you'd expect to find in a Starbucks. But he says they'll still serve the free stuff, as well.
"Well, we'll always still offer the Robinson coffee that we've always given to the families we're serving, but this is just an added service they can choose to participate in if they'd like to."
And given the wildly successful history of Starbucks, it'll be no surprise that this latest shop -- despite it's less than lively surroundings -- will be a hit.
This will be the first Starbucks in Easley, South Carolina, but because it isn't a full-sized store, Robinson can't put any Starbucks signs outside of his building.
WSPA via CNN Newssource