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Any business that relies on mass replication of a high-end experience has become vulnerable to the Starbucks of metaphors.

"We have become known as 'the Starbucks of flowers.' "
-- KaBloom Web site

"Savor a HoneyBaked Ham (honeybaked.com), the Starbucks of the ham business."
-- eHow.com

"Cereality wants to be the Starbucks of the breakfast bowl."
-- Business 2.0

"The Post is becoming the Starbucks of saloons."
-- Detroit Free Press

Is PrairieStone Pharmacy "the Starbucks of pharmacies?"
-- Fast Company

"Robert Bosch Corporation [is] apparently the Starbucks of fuel-injector makers."
-- Jalopnik.com

"Tate Britain has mounted the Starbucks of art exhibitions."
-- The Daily Telegraph (London)

"We want to be the Starbucks -- the gourmet T-shirt maker -- for the screen printer."
-- American Apparel CEO Dov Charney

"[Digital Planet's Richard] Meltzer was there, and came back convinced Baltimore is the place to build 'the Starbucks of technology support.' "
-- Baltimore Business Journal

Einstein Bros. Bagels are "the Starbucks of chewy mounds of dough."
-- Review on Epinions.com

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