HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - A coffee shop can become much more when you make friends and connect with people.
Military members and loved ones in Hinesville have found that in their local Starbucks. Most of the folks on both sides of the counter have either worn the uniform or are related to someone who did or does.
The title of Military Family Store means more than a flag and artwork on the wall. Store manager Rachel George shared the moment with her husband who is serving in Afghanistan. She says jobs can be tough for military loved ones who move with their soldiers.
"When I first got to the Savannah area, nobody would hire me because I was a spouse," George said.
She says Starbucks welcomes veterans and spouses. They make up the majority of the Hinesville staff.
"They're very good about hiring our veterans, our relatives, and overall, they're just great," said David Schible, Veteran.
The Hinesville shop becomes the forty-second to get this designation. Rachel hopes soldiers and spouses will recognize it as a welcome to those who serve.
"When someone PCS's or deploys or is just dealing with day to day family situations, civilians or people not in the military may not necessarily understand," George said.
They marked the occasion with a $10,000 grant to the Fort Stewart USO to further help military families.
They say the connection here with customers and the community extends beyond just coffee.