Starbucks began as a tiny coffee shop in 1971. The founders contains Gerald Baldwin, Gordon Bowker and Ziev Siegl who exchanged their ideas and launched their first store at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. In the early 1980s Howard Schultz joined Starbucks and has later felt the necessity that Starbucks needed to market themselves. He wanted to make a brand image that could attract customers and help those to differentiate their caffeine store from other opponents. Schultz frequented Italy and was 'impressed with their level of popularity and culture. ' He thought it might be smart to bring the espresso pubs, lattes and mochas to Seattle.