Starbucks is sharply raising its total compensation for its employees in the Seattle area. Total compensation from wages and stock options is going up some 5% to 15%. Carefully buried in the very last paragraph of The Seattle Times piece is this little nugget:
Last July, Starbucks raised its prices 3.5 times as much in Seattle as in the rest of the country. It raised the price of its typical coffeeshop purchase across the U.S. by 1%, but in Seattle by 3.5%.