I’m not afraid to tell people that I don’t particularly care for living in Michigan. Actually, I’m usually not that tactful. I hate living here. I’m counting the days until the Millionaire and I can pack up our kitties and get the hell outta here.
There are a few bright spots. I’ve decided to make the best of my time here by seeking out places/things/activities that I actually LIKE about living in the mitten state. Considering that I have tons to do today and I stayed up much too late, my first #MILIKE is sleep deprivation related:
BIGGBY started in East Lansing, MI in 1995 (fun fact: that’s the same year that one of my other loves, eBay, got going!) and has grown across the state, expanding into other states. It’s still got a nice local feel, and the coffee is as good, if not better, than other, bigger chains. Despite being franchised, the products and service have been completely streamlined across every location I’ve tried. When I moved here it was called Beaners, but apparently that is not a very nice word in some parts, so they proactively changed it to BIGGBY. (Who knew? I didn’t. Really. I’m not up on my racial slurs. ) Anyhoo, I was very confused for a while when I thought that the yummy coffee shop was gone. Then I noticed that while signs had been changed, the colors stayed the same and none of the locations looked vacated. WIN.
Since I came to Michigan, I’ve been a square peg in a round hole. I had all sorts of drama and life changes and whatnot. I quickly learned that making friends over dessert wasn’t really a thing here. It seems though, that the stay at home mom and crafty crowd are A-OK with making friends over coffee, so there you go. Once I figured that out, BIGGBY has become a staple in my social forays. It also came to have a special place in my heart because I get a FREE coffee on my birthday every year. Until a few months ago I had a pretty good drive to the nearest location. Now, in the space of that few months I have not 1, but TWO new locations within about a mile of my house. WIN-WIN!
Stay tuned for more MILIKES. Believe it or not, there are more things I like about MI than meets the eye.
I wasn’t perked or paid for this post, I just like BIGGBY coffee. A lot. If they want to pay me to write about BIGGBY Coffee in the future, I’m ALL OVER IT.