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Picked upload! Starbucks Coffee Shop Menu Board

by zeroth Posted 25th Feb 2007 at 9:25 PM - Updated 19th Mar 2007 at 6:06 PM by zeroth
22 Comments / replies (Who?) - 20 Feedback Posts, 2 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh recolour, and means that you will need to download the particular mesh itself in order for this to show up in your game. See the Meshes Needed section or read the text for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
***EDIT: Updated the Espresso board to fix a minor spelling error and updated the Tazo board to add the "Bring in your own cup and get 10˘ off your order" text to the bottom. Also removed the screenshot from the .rar file. Redownload not necessary but recommended; just overwrite the old files.***

I realize that there have been issues in the past with Sims fansites offering objects which feature Starbucks trademarks. Not wanting to take any chances, I researched the issue on Quicklaw. As far as I can tell, the Federal Trade-Mark Act (the "Lanham Act")'s provisions on trademark infringement only apply where the trademark is used for commercial purposes.

15 USCS § 1114
Remedies; infringement; innocent infringement by printers and publishers

(1) Any person who shall, without the consent of the registrant--
(a) use in commerce any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of a registered mark in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of any goods or services on or in connection with which such use is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive; or
(b) reproduce, counterfeit, copy, or colorably imitate a registered mark and apply such reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation to labels, signs, prints, packages, wrappers, receptacles or advertisements intended to be used in commerce upon or in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of goods or services on or in connection with which such use is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive,

shall be liable in a civil action by the registrant for the remedies hereinafter provided. Under subsection (b) hereof, the registrant shall not be entitled to recover profits or damages unless the acts have been committed with knowledge that such imitation is intended to be used to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.

Because the objects offered in the past were "donation" objects (i.e. used in commerce), the threat of legal action had weight. Since MTS2 is a free site, however, I don't see any reason why Starbucks objects would be forbidden here. Indeed, they seem not to be forbidden, given that a quick search will turn up Starbucks aprons and hats and wallpapers!

Having said all that, I give you my Starbucks menu board. This board is a near-exact re-creation, based on a photograph I took in-store. It took me about 4-5 hours of work in Photoshop to duplicate the text sizing, formatting, and coloring. The only inaccuracy is the purposeful omission of the TM sign from the words "Tazo" and "Frappuccino" for aesthetic purposes. (All prices in Canadian dollars!)

The mesh is the Menu Board from HChangeri's Ice Cream Shoppe at Retail Sims; see link below to download and access mesh information.

LEGAL NOTICE: Neither I nor ModTheSims2 are affiliated with Starbucks Coffee. I have the utmost respect for their company. Their marks are used in good faith without any intention of damaging their reputation.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
StarbucksCoffeeMenuBoards-Revised.rar 221.9 KB 18,735 6th Mar 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Meshes needed! This download requires one or more meshes to work properly. Please check the Description tab for information about the meshes needed, then download them below:
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
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  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
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  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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22 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 19 Feedback Posts, 2 Thanks Posts
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#2 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 2:22 AM
This will make a perfect "finishing touch" for my coffee shops. Thanks a billion!
Forum Resident
#3 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 2:59 AM
wow you're starbucks is more expensive than mine! this is very cool.
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 3:42 AM
It would be silly of them to object. This is free advertising. Although you never know with lawyers
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 4:08 AM
cool! very nice


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Original Poster
#6 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 6:09 AM
Originally Posted by AmandaPanda1988
wow you're starbucks is more expensive than mine! this is very cool.

Sorry, I forgot to mention - all prices in Canadian dollars! :D
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 7:00 PM
That is a nice object -i've been looking for a good cafe sign board.

And not to freak you out or anything, but sometimes companies still get mad. : / Back in the days of TS1, i can't remember the name of the site, but he made (entirely FREE) sims of a lot of the Marvel and DC comic book heroes. He was sent a letter telling him to "surrender all profits" and take down the stuff. He ended up leaving the community over it, which was horrible, bc he made great stuff. let's hope starbucks DOES realize this is free advertising for them.

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Lab Assistant
#8 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 8:08 PM
Marvel and DC are especially touchy. Didn't they sue the makers of that City of Heroes game? It was pretty stupid IMO, it only made the fans mad and turned them against them. Maybe the marketing people should hit the lawyers over the head with a frying pan. That kind of publicity is priceless, as well as free. You want people excited over your products, to generate buzz.

Unfortunately some companies don't think that way. They want you to purchase their products, but only on their terms little the good little sheep you are.

It's the kind of "in the box" mentality that would sue you for using the word kleenex instead of tissue, oblivious to how priceless the value of being a household name is.
Mad Poster
#9 Old 26th Feb 2007 at 8:23 PM
They are perfect! Thank you.
Test Subject
#10 Old 28th Feb 2007 at 2:47 AM
Good Job on your Board . I actually did a whole Starbuck set here awhile ago and they took it down right away . They said Starbuck wouldn't allow it. .
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 28th Feb 2007 at 9:06 PM
Wow! This is incredibly realistic, and they look just like the ones at my local Starbucks! Fabulous job - I know how hard it can be to make, having tried and failed. Looking forward to more SB stuff from you.

Check out my journal for helpful tips for creating Buy & Build Mode stuff for TS2!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 28th Feb 2007 at 10:16 PM
That looks really nice! o.o Good job~

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Field Researcher
#13 Old 13th Mar 2007 at 12:13 PM
More starbucks item. Yay! Good work on the menu. It looks realistic.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 14th Mar 2007 at 1:50 AM
I'll have the Carmel Frappuccino please....*so jealous of my sims right now*

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Test Subject
#15 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 8:10 PM
perfectness!!! thanks :D

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Test Subject
#16 Old 30th Jul 2007 at 1:41 AM
This looks so amazing! I'm a barista at Starbucks, so I am super excited that I can create my store in my Sims game - woo hoo!!

The only problem I'm having is that for some reason I can't seem to download the mesh - I've found the site, even see where I'm supposed to download it on the page, but it seems like the download link isn't working. Is this happening for anyone else? Any suggestions on where else I could get this mesh - I really really want to use the menu board!!! Thanks so much, can't wait to get my Starbucks going!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 18th Mar 2008 at 12:57 AM
thanks! this is great!

more of my creations here

Do not recolour my creations without my permission.

Do not upload my sims, or my creations at the Sims 2 Exchange. Thanks!
Test Subject
#18 Old 21st Oct 2008 at 1:39 PM
I just downloaded this to complete my new coffee shop i built, Thanks, one problem, i downloaded the file from retailsims and this recolor, but i can't find it in my game, do you think i forgot something?
Test Subject
#19 Old 25th Feb 2009 at 2:07 AM
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#20 Old 28th May 2009 at 4:50 PM
I have a question, since there is a mesh needed, from that menu board from retail sims, does that mean that this is a recolor? Cause I can't find the starbucks menu board on the game, even when I highlight the ice cream menu board, help.....
(P.S. I already included the objects in the downloads folder, but can't seem to locate it)
Test Subject
#21 Old 10th Sep 2010 at 3:44 AM
I downloaded both the mesh and the starbucks board but I can't find it in-game either. Where is it located? Is it a copy of a certain picture? Is it in miscellaneous? I just can't find it...please help!!!!
Test Subject
#22 Old 30th Nov 2011 at 1:11 AM
Hey guys, I had the exact same issue, but I found it! It's under sculptures! Hope that helps! :D
Test Subject
#23 Old 3rd Jul 2014 at 11:12 PM