Starbucks Customers in China Are Fighting Over Adorable, Limited-Edition Cat Paw Cups

iStock.com/raisbeckfoto
iStock.com/raisbeckfoto

Whether they're scrawled with purposefully misspelled names or decorated with holiday-themed art, Starbucks cups have a history of causing controversy. But the latest drama tied to the brand has nothing to do with upsetting cup designs—rather, its new cat paw mug is so popular that people are fighting in the store to get one, The Daily Meal reports.

Starbucks in China released its limited-edition cat paw cup on Tuesday, February 26 for 199 yuan (or $30). The double-walled vessel features a clear, rounded exterior and a clear interior shaped like a cat's paw. When coffee is poured into the mug, it fills in the paw and makes it stand out.


View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Sound Offđź—Ł (@soundoffslowly) on

Chinese Starbucks stores have sold seasonal merchandise in the past, but few have attracted as much attention as this new product. Released as part of a special Cherry Blossom collection, the mugs were all sold in less than a day. When Starbucks later made an additional 3000 cups available online, it reportedly took less than a second for them to sell out. Scalpers buying the mugs to sell them at a higher price likely contributed to some of the sales. In the video below, two scalpers can be seen duking it out in a Chinese Starbucks over the novelty mug.

Cute special offerings at Starbucks have a tendency to go viral. In spring 2017, the brand released a limited-edition Unicorn Frappuccino that sold out in multiple stores and exhausted baristas who struggled to keep up with the demand.

[h/t The Daily Meal]

World’s Tiniest McDonald’s Opens in Sweden, Welcomes Bees as Customers

iStock/William Jones-Warner
iStock/William Jones-Warner

McDonald's has opened stores in an old train car, an airplane, and an oversized Happy Meal box. This new project from the corporation has many of the features of a regular restaurant—down to the posters advertising special menu items—but it's different in a major way. Instead of catering to human clientele, this miniature McDonald's is designed to attract bees.

McDonald's Sweden collaborated with the creative agency NORD DDB to build the branded beehive for World Bee Day on May 20, AdWeek reports. From the outside, the model is a replica of a McDonald's restaurant, with drive-thru windows, outdoor seating, and the golden arches presiding above it all. But instead of a counter and a tables, the interior is filled with frames where bees can build their wax. It's being billed as "the world's smallest McDonald's," but according to NORD DDB, it's still big enough to house thousands of bees.

The fast-food beehive is a nod to an initiative gaining traction at McDonald's in Sweden. Some McDonald's restaurants have installed beehives on their roofs and started replacing the grass on their properties with flowers to attract the pollinators. Global bee populations have declined at alarming rates in recent years due to pesticides, disease, and climate change, and the beehive project from McDonald's Sweden is just one creative way people are trying to give bees a boost.

This particular beehive won't be housed above a burger joint. On May 21, it was auctioned off to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

[h/t AdWeek]

This Tiny DIY Kiosk From Amazon Would Make a Great Backyard Bar—or Chicken Coop

Allwood, Amazon
Allwood, Amazon

This summer, upgrade your backyard cocktail parties with an actual backyard bar. The Allwood Retail Kiosk, first spotted by House Beautiful and available on Amazon, is designed to be a tiny store, but it can function as so much more. And most importantly, it can be assembled in a matter of hours.

Built from durable Nordic spruce, the compact building is inspired by retail kiosks in Scandinavia. The interior measures 94 square feet, and the window covers fold out into counter-like platforms for serving food and drinks. The versatile structure works as more than just a space for your small business. The seller notes on Amazon that past buyers have used the shack as a chicken coop, and it could even house cats: "I believe this could well work as a feline suite. I don't think they would complain."

The kiosk costs $3990 on Amazon, and shipping is included. Once it's been assembled, the exterior needs to be stained or painted to protect it from the elements. If you're looking for even larger structures that can be delivered, Amazon also sells tiny houses.

[h/t House Beautiful]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER