There are a lot of Kinko’s/Fed Ex stores all over, but not as many as you would think. One reason that’s so is that Seattle is nothing if not individualistic, in a community-minded sort of way, and the bland and business oriented atmosphere of the K/FedEx stores does not really fit in that well with the more human and certainly coffee centered culture that our urban village embodies.
Seattle’s answer is Sip and Ship. You can tell the difference right away, my first clue was the slightly brusque and long-suffering attitude of the clerks in Kinko’s vs. the bright and “I’m on it!” way in which the Sip and Ship people approached my needs. Probably has something to do with the owner standing right there and helping customers along with his staff. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have a full espresso counter with barista, plentiful tables, stairs up to another level with more tables and a play area that overlooks the main store, and trendy fun gift and incidental items arrayed invitingly about to take your mind away for just that vital second from pure business. For those that find stress relief in a spot of shopping, sometimes merely a card to send a friend will suffice, and there’s your hunting/gathering instinct satisfied for the day. Not to mention all the vital items you might need when you set out to mail, like pens, paper, stickers, envelopes, tape and more. And it’s notable that the espresso is made from organic, farm-direct, locally roasted beans.
Sip and Ship has two locations, the one here in Ballard on NW Main Street and another in Greenwood, equally well set-up and satisfactory. The wifi is free, too!