Drive-thru at Ken's Cleaners, 1704 Broadway
Call me deprived but prior to moving to Southeast Missouri, my only experience with a drive-thru was fast food AND not all fast food operations had a drive-thru. In California, unbelievably, we get out of our cars for almost everything. Someone might take our car and park it for us but we are definitely doing the work of fetching what we need. This may have to deal with the ozone level and the degree of smog we have. It is bad enough with cars idling on the freeway during rush hour, let alone magnifying the issue with cars idling at every establishment. The other thing is that I do not believe Los Angelenos are patient enough for a drive-thru. The line up in Coffee Bean can get stupendously ugly if someone is not 100% certain of what s/he wants when arriving at the register.
My first exposure to a non-traditional drive-thru was the Starbucks on William Street. It changed up the routine to not be able to scope the display case though since I arrived in the heat of the summer, I began to appreciate not getting out of the car until I absolutely had to do so. As I exited Starbucks, I noticed cars hugging the side of the gas station across the street. That was pretty perplexing. As I drove down Kingshighway and later Lexington, I noticed the same thing at Kidd's and Rhodes 101 and Winks. Get this. . . you can get the newspaper, cigarettes, liquor, lottery tickets, along with a 44 ounce diet coke, all from the comfort of your car. Why get out? You can stay in your car checking your email or chatting on the phone.
More fun is ahead. . . I then noticed that the dry cleaners had a drive-thru window. Both Ken's on Broadway and Patrick's on Independence allow you to drive up to the window and pass your clothing through the window. I have tried the reverse and it does not go as smooth though the associate at Patrick's told me she has plenty of people who do it.
I mentioned last week that you can drive-thru the pharmacy at both Walgreen's and Schnuck's. You can also drive-thru the post office at the Mobil station on Kingshighway. (The window is on the back of the building as opposed to the window on the side of the building which is for the soda, lottery ticket, and cigarette crowd.)
There were drive-thru flu shot clinics in the fall and I could have sworn I heard about drive-thru voting polls for individuals with limitations. You had to send someone inside to let them know you are out there. You can also drive-thru and drop off books at the Library. You can drive-thru for donut holes at Houch's on Kingshighway provided that you get there early enough. They sell out quickly.
There could be more and I will keep my list going. Feel free to add through the comments of this blog.