Girl's Day Out Turns Into a Business Opportunity

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Big Rapids, Mich., June 23, 2008 – Lansing Mich.-based coffee retailer, BIGGBY COFFEE, will celebrate the opening of a new location in Big Rapids on Tuesday, June 24.  The store, located at 840 S. State Street, will open thanks to the efforts of friends Tammy Lewandowski and Julie Denslow.


The women, good friends for close to a decade, call the Canadian Lakes home and have raised their school-age children together. This will be the first franchise for both.


“My friend Julie and I were driving down to Grand Rapids last August on a shopping excursion and happened upon BIGGBY COFFEE and decided to stop for a break,” said owner Tammy Lewandowski. “We loved the BIGGBY experience so much that we wanted to open a franchise of our own, and almost a year later, here we are.”


The new location will open for business at 6 a.m. on June 24 and offer free brewed coffee through Sunday to celebrate the occasion. The store is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


The Big Rapids location will be the 97th location for the East Lansing-based coffee retailer.  BIGGBY COFFEE currently operates 96 stores in nine states.  It has an additional 75 stores under development that will open in the next 24 months across the U.S.


The new store will bring nearly 20 new full and part-time jobs to the area.




East Lansing, Mich.-based BIGGBY COFFEE was founded in March 1995 and began franchise operations in 1999.  Today the Company has 96 stores open and an additional 73 under development across nine states including Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Georgia,Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin.  BIGGBY COFFEE features more than 30 gourmet coffee, fine tea and frozen drink selections in addition to an assortment of pastries and other fine eatables. For more information about BIGGBY COFFEE, visit