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CNN reports on an Easley, North Carolina, funeral home where the owner recently expanded - and added a Starbucks coffee shop.

The Starbucks is not only accessible to mourners; its location in the building also makes it available to the general public, though a new lobby in the funeral home "will lead to an area where baristas ... will discreetly serve Frappuccinos to mourners and the public alike."
KC's View:
I have to say that based on my consumption of Starbucks coffee, this would be the perfect place for me to go to a wake. (Hell, when I die and they cremate me, it probably would make sense to toss a pound of Verona on the flames.)

Now, this isn't quite as bizarre as it may seem on first pour. The family that owns the funeral home has long had a general store in town, where they have sold coffee for years. In fact, they used to sell caskets ... and went into the funeral home business as a natural brand extension. (How can anyone in the retail business not love these guys!)

There may be something a little creepy about somebody wandering in off the street for a Venti skim latte and finding himself on line with a bunch of sad-looking folks in dark clothing. But on the other hand, I've always felt that the best kind of wake is one that celebrates a person's like rather than mourns their death, and maybe a little caffeine in this case really would be good for the soul.