Monday, June 30, 2008

Save the Date!

Our 100th store opening is coming up here shortly...and it's pretty exciting. The actual opening date of this store is on the 15th of July (a Tuesday), but on the 14th of July there will be a blow out party. What's this all about?....well it doesn't matter who you are customer (new or old), staff or employee, owner operator, competiton, parents, friends, kids, neighbors, admirers, co-workers...You get the idea, come on by and share, tell stories, and B-Happy!

The store is located in Bloomfield Hills MI....1952 Telegraph Road,
Click here and go to Store # 241 See you there!

Biggby on Liberty

Biggby on Liberty
Originally uploaded by A2 Lebowsky
BIGGBY COFFEE in Ann looks great at night!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A note from another blog.....

A post by Bridget...fundraiser at the Roseville Biggby

"In addition to that, we are raising money for Habitat For Humanity Women Build. Every Wednesday in July, from 9am-12pm at Biggby Coffee in Roseville $1 of each drink sold goes to Women Build. July 19th will be family day at Biggby with money also going to Women Build. AND I'm starting a women's newspaper. YEP! I'm busy :)"

Click here for more


Beautiful photo of the Peanut Butter Big Chill....uploaded to Flickr on June 20th. We get a lot of professional photography done, but I have seen so many great 'amateur' shots....I love surfn' for them, ya'know?

Originally uploaded by Hip To Piece Squares

Friday, June 27, 2008

B Brews Better

B Brews Better
Originally uploaded by B-Happy Lounge
Something old....I've been lookin at this photo for several days. It's been buggin' me 'cause I've been tryin' to figure out what store it is....but i woke up in the middle of the night and it dawned on me this was our second Old Town Lansing. These were the early years....we only had a few stores.....good memories!

Rapid Growth

A nice story about growth in GR click it!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

On the road to 100..

I was in metro Detroit all day yesterday and had a big day...I got back late, so I'll catch you up on the exploits later. This morning I have an 8 o'clock, and then off to GR. I should get a chance to settle into some writing later today! Smile and think 100 :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BIGGBY COFFEE - BIG RAPIDS, opening day :)

Wow…these guys are on fire…and they understand the ‘BIGGBY way!’ I didn’t really have the time to visit…I was chained to a desk today until 1pm, and then I had the privilege to see some HB students make presentations on BIGGBY cafes (top notch job….btw.) But I got there anyway :) and I'm glad I did!!!

Life is good, people are strong, and Big Rapids is the luckiest place on earth right now…. I cannot imagine a better set of operators…I have had the opportunity to interview Julie and Tammy several times….each occasion was an honor. They have it! The ‘Chi’, the ‘Midas’…the right PE ratio! It never fails…the power of positive thinking and pure focus overwhelms everything else….I am so impressed…Watch!

B Heard Hotline -- BIGGBY OFFICE EL

So, I am working the hotline today, as I do several times a month. I love doing this, but I have some anxiety about it today...because there are openings today in Macomb Township and Big Rapids respectively. I had promised Big Rapids I would make it up there today, but I am not sure that will happen as expected (but certainly by the end of the week). Tommorrow I intend to head South to visit both Macomb and Madison Height...see you guys then. See you too Sandy Green! Take care :)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cherry Freedom Freeze

Cherry Freedom Freeze
Originally uploaded by A2 Lebowsky
Nigel enjoys the day....and a beautiful one it was. A lot is happening right now. Madison Heights opened Friday after much 'to do' with the City and Landlord....but now onwards and upwards. Other openings are Big Rapids and Sterling Heights. This week is a little quirky for me, with obligations Monday and Tuesday...but I should get to see everybody by Wednesday :) I'll be out early today on my way to AA...I have meetings there, but I was thinking about getting over to the BIGGBY on Liberty across from the Borders....maybe I'll see Nigel or George.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Big Break -- Grand Rapids

Takin' a break in front of the downtown GR BIGGBY :)

Good morning Steve :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Knit in public

Knit in public
Originally uploaded by iCait
What is the world coming to? ....Knitting in public? :)

A Biggby Smile


Free Field Day Kalamazoo...

I can't be there, but find out more about BIGGBY Field Day in Kalamazoo....there was one in GR not that long ago...ya' gotta do it! This Friday Field Day link

Where I will be tommorrow....

I will be the guest speaker at the SBAM annual meeting...exciting!
find out more...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Time for a Cuppa!

Time for a Cuppa!
Originally uploaded by A2 Lebowsky
It looks like Nigel loves MJ too....look at that smile!

Way to go Nigel!

Monday, June 16, 2008

A great BIGGBY COFFEE and Father's Day story

Novi MI

"Mike Waltersdorf wants to thank his father, Leigh, for helping make his dream a reality.

The 42-year-old Ann Arbor resident recently opened the doors to his first Biggby Coffee on Grand River Avenue, in Novi, May 6.

The father and son duo planned to be partners in the business until Leigh, 64, of Okemos, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and had to take a step back, handing the majority of the reigns to Mike.

“My dad helped make this happen, and I can’t thank him enough,” Waltersdorf said. “Dad was diagnosed around the time we made the decision to open and it was a decision between him and my mother, Sue, to carry on.”
Full story :)


A quote from the Argus-Press....

“I think they will be a nice addition to our shopping center,” Kerr said. “It has a nice offering of service and product. I think they will do a nice job in Owosso.”

“Personally, I would really like to see several more of these babies,” Steingreaber said. “They serve a great product. They know that they can't be everything to everybody. But they want to serve great coffee and they do.”

Full article

No Offense to Me. The coffee is still good.

I was on my way to Meijers Garden the other day and saw the same billboard. I thought the same thing....time to get this changed! We had a big job in changing the name, but we still have a few things out there....including some store signs and these billbaords. I love this picture!

Friday, June 13, 2008


Finishing it off
Originally uploaded by A2 Lebowsky
George finishes off his Wild Zebra Big afternoon break.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Relax Day - Sarah & BIGGBY COFFEE

Found this nice picture of Sarah on flickr...riding shotgun and drinking BIGGBY COFFEE :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kenosha BIGGBY...a place you want to be :)

Jen (and Deb too),

I am sorry to have missed you both...but WOW, did I have a great visit...the crews I met were a testament to all the love and care given to this location. Liz, there will be more...and more, especially with a store, like your-s. I had fun the whole time I was there and here is a little somethin' from the visit :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Well, I am about ready to go....but I just wanted to drop a line. I have been here about 2 hours...and it is one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in a BIGGBY COFFEE. I hinted at it earlier, but I want to say it again and a little differently....this reminds me a lot of the first store, not in it's physical appearance, but the way the people are. There is strong personality mixed with a very clear sense of feels good to just be in here, ya'know? I love it, and the only thing that could make it if was closer to my home. Or, maybe I should just move here...'course I would have to adjust to the idea of bein' called a Cheesehead (ouch)... :)

I came here to see one of my favorite blog-watchers, before she moves to Fond du Lac (sp?), but alas she is off on a day trip today. When she found out I was here (from the staff and customers), she called me to let me know the she was sorry to have missed was all very of the coolest things in a long time....I love this place.

I have several videos to download from this trip....but I won't get back till late, and tommorrow we have a Discovery Day first thing in the morning. Look for them sometime in the late afternoon. Back on the road....


Wow, it was nice to get up there....and these guys (gals) have a beautiful store and a great location. I had a chance to drive around campus and so on....They are the best game in town!!!

They will open two weeks from today....check it out!

I finally found Kenosha, WI

Yep I'm here in Kenosha and I left about 5am in the rain, but it's sunny skies here. I was met by a great BIGGBY team and Liz the owner of this store. I gotta tell you, I have never felt more at home than right here! What a great BIGGBY experince....this store is perfect! More later....:)

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Well I made it to Davison and I love the location! I ran into the crew building-out the store...they were a little apprehensive at first (I never introduced myself), but they caught on and figured out I wasn't from OSHA (although they shoulda' been wearing saftey goggles even though they make you look funny)..... we talked for a while after filming and had a good laugh. BTW I am definately taking the car back to the dealer...something is not right about it...I can't even hear the radio, ya'know?


I got my car back this week from Crippen Auto here on the West Side of town...but I don't think they fixed what needed fixen', it's still makin a lotta noise in the back wheels...but I had to get out there and see what's goin' on. So I'm headed to Davison (which is straight east on I-69), but on the way I take a detour to see where things are at in Owosso. It's about twenty minutes outta' my way, and thunder showers are threatening...but I don't mind :) Take a look

2008 National Finalists: Inspiration Award

National Restaurant Association Link

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

BIGGBY COFFEE -- Roaster Tour for PERCS

I give a roasting tour to PERCULATORS on a regular becomes part of their training. We had about 15 people and it was the end of the tour I interview Maria, because she has her kazoo....and she plays it for me....Watch!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Attending Capitol Day

Every year the Michigan Restaurant Association puts on this event at the State Capitol where you can visit your State Legislators and chat with them about current issues. MRA link

My car is in the shop...won't be ready untill tommorrow....and so I decided to go at the last minute.

I will be heading downtown this morning and signing up around 9:30(sign up is on the ground floor of the Boji Tower.)Hopefully I will get a chance to stop into one of the BIGGBY's while I'm mucking about between the various buildings.

If ya' get a chance, Join me for Capitol Day or at one of the stores:)

Painted Billboard

Beaner's Billboard
Originally uploaded by Eridony
Nice photo from Lansing on a beautiful day....this Billboard is around 8 years old.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Picture a field of cookies....

B cookies at a field day event :)

In town today

I'll be local Volvo has to go to the shop. I guess I've been drivn' too much...some wheel bearings are going and need replacing :)

Red Bull Air Race

Red Bull Air Race
Originally uploaded by A2 Lebowsky
Nigel is cool.