An element of third place present in Fellner’s chapter five Moving up on Eighth Street would most definitely include regulars. The regulars are those who consistently come back to the establishment, and on page 114 people like Perry Jackson come in the morning like clock-work and order almost the same thing everyday, for Perry a venti cup to get her through the day. Another consistent customer came through the door after Perry whose order Tawana had already made by the time he got inside, for him a double espresso and lemon pound cake. A gentlemen from the Marine Corps’ also shows up as a morning regular before work at the Quantico Base. Another element that Oldenburg uses to describe the category of regulars involves more than just having the same customers everyday consistently, it is the acceptance of newcomers. Oldenburg states “Every regular was once a newcomer, and the acceptance of newcomers is essential to the sustained vitality of the third place. Acceptance into the circle is not difficult, but it is not automatic either,” (34). This is evident on page 114 of Fellner’s book as well, because she describes a woman that seemed normal, but it soon became very evident to Fellner that she was not. However, Tawana told Fellner that there was very little crazy people, because they always try to embrace the customers, new and old, just as Oldenburg says.
Evidence that may seem complicating towards there being regular customers is when Fellner states “Now most of the folks coming in were strangers to the neighborhood, on their way to a band concert at the Marine Corps barracks down the street,” (Fellner 119). However, it is not entirely considered irregular because of who the individuals are, but more where they are going/coming. Regularly the people may be strangers to the neighborhood, but also regularly, the same people are coming in like concert-goers and marines. This seems like a regular trend that occurs wether the names are different or the same.
While this Starbucks may be considered a third place, the interview with the gentleman from the Marine Corps said that basically the store located on third street does not fall under the third place place category. He makes it known that the place on third street does not care as much for its customers, and while this may be because of the employees, it cannot be considered a very good third place if the customers do not wish to go there, therefore creating no consistency or regularity among the people. So, Starbucks may be considered a third place because of the regular customers, but to the extent where this may not be the case for every store location.