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Biggby Owners Unlock Doors to Future New Baltimore Coffee Shop

Construction is slated to take place over the next few months at Biggby Coffee on Green near Washington streets. The coffee shop is expected to open in October or November.

Plans that have long been moved forward Wednesday when owners closed on the Green Street property.

"I can't believe how excited we are after two years," owner and longtime New Baltimore resident Jim Dehem said after unlocking the vacant building near Washington Street.

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Wife Kathy Dehem agreed the process to finally get into the building was unpredictably slow, mostly due to a Small Business Administration loan. Unexpected delays caused the couple to multiple times.

"I felt like we were spinning our wheels for so long," she said.

Prepping for opening

The next move is to transform the outdated, wooden-paneled interior into a modern coffee shop, complete with a drive-thru, sitting area and even meeting space.

The total building, once the and a hardware store, spans 4,564-square-feet and the coffee shop will consume more than half that space. Renovations will also be done on a future rental space inside the building that does not yet have a tenant, Jim Dehem said.

Once construction is finished and about 12-15 employees are hired, Biggby is expected to open around October or November.

Why Biggby?

Jim Dehem, who managed bars in Detroit and St. Clair Shores, said the couple got the idea for a coffee shop after community group Ride the Wave circulated a survey around New Baltimore. The survey, sent about three years ago, asked residents what they would like to see come to town, he said.

"The No. One thing people wanted in New Baltimore was a coffee shop," he said.

Kathy Dehem, a Detroit Public Schools teacher, read up on Biggby and liked that it was a Michigan business experiencing growth.

Eventually, he reached out to Biggby and explained his extensive background in food service and interest in becoming a franchise owner.

"We love our neighborhood and we love trying to stay local. And, when we found out Biggby was Michigan-based, we wanted to go with it," he said.

What is your favorite Biggby drink? Tell us in the comments section below.

Christy Arboscello (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 08:25 PM
What's your favorite Biggby drink?
Michele Webb July 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Can't wait!!! Been staring at that "COMING SOON" sign for FAR too long!!! Have only had Biggby once since there isn't one too close to N.B. But, I know I will be a frequent shopper!!!
Michelle July 14, 2012 at 01:08 AM
great to see a local resident opening a business in the area! Welcome
Beth Bagley-Stanton July 14, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Looking forward to frequenting your establishment! Yeah!
Nap November 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Lets hope New Baltimore Officials doesnt run them out of town like all the other establishments trying to make a go down there!

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