As an official coffee house junkie, the looming opening date of the Biggby Coffee in New Baltimore has been driving me to distraction every time I zip by in my car. Having had a healthy dose of Detroit and Ann Arbor for quite some time, my natural bohemian instincts couldn’t help but drool over anything that combines caffeine and culture. Moving out this side of 94 had been quite an adjustment for a city girl like me, and one of the first things I noticed was the lack of a decent, WIFI-equipped bona fide coffee house. So imagine my outright excitement when I got wind that Biggby had claimed a spot on Green Street in New Baltimore. Every drive by was a thrill as I stuck my face to the car window and looked for progress on the building.
When they had their grand opening, I nearly threw a party. With ill-contained glee, I sauntered through the front doors that week and beheld bright splashes of oranges and greens on the walls, as well as a crackling fireplace. The first words to come to mind were cheerful and spacious. With coupon in hand, I approached the counter and was greeted by a friendly barista. I noted they were willing to chat and make general conversation, something every coffee house junkie craves. The place was bustling with customers who looked as excited as I was to see this place open. And what a pleasant surprise to run into April, a friend from church. We collected our coffees, took a seat, and chatted for a while.
Eventually, April took off, and I stayed long enough to have a chat with Jim, the owner. His enthusiasm for the business was contagious. Between greeting customers and friendly banter with the employees, he informed me they had been determined to get this spot in New Baltimore, and had been extremely careful to do everything correctly. They had been crazy busy since their opening (obviously), and hoped to keep it that way. He introduced me to his wife, Kathy, who was easily just as friendly as he, even when she learned of my maize and blue University of Michigan roots. I told her I could attempt to overlook her green and white Michigan State loyalties, and we had a good laugh.
In short, I was not disappointed that day. This place is certainly giving New Baltimore a new hot spot to gather and spend time with friends and family. We appreciate it!