Starbucks is Opening its First "Signing Store"

Starbucks has opened its first all-signing store, where all employees are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). The new store in Washington, D.C. opened in October 2018. It has been placed strategically close to the deaf-friendly Gallaudet University.

Starbucks is not only working to better serve its deaf customers. The shop will also open up opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees. Starbucks says it will be hiring more than 20 such employees at the D.C. store. All of the location’s employees will wear aprons embroidered with “ASL.” Staff will also wear “I sign” pins.

This Starbucks location will also sell merchandise and artwork created by a deaf artist. Read more about the new Starbucks signing store on Hello