The Marketing Genius of Sara Jahn—And Other Restaurant Chalkboard Artists [20 PHOTOS]

Ever get that feeling that the guy serving you coffee is really a serious artist, and you’re actually insulting him by making him take your order? Yeah, so do we. Fortunately, some coffeehouses—and even restaurants—let their employees indulge their artistic bents on the job. Consider the epic work of Sara Jahn, who’s wisely archived her work for the Espresso Royale coffeehouse in Champaign, Illinois. She has a real instinct for conjuring up childhood figures who suddenly make terrific coffee salespeople. After all, who can resist a sales pitch from cartoon heroes? We have some of Sara’s weird work here, along with classic chalkboard signs done by inspired employees from all over the English-speaking world. You’ll find that Sara isn’t the only coffeehouse genius working with fictional characters, and you’ll enjoy a few smart gags and some simple weirdness. Cruise through this memorable marketing—but don’t blame us if you have to run out for a latte afterwards…

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