Beloved Michigan Coffee Shop Closes After 23 Years
There’s something special about a beloved Michigan coffee shop. The scent of fresh coffee in the air just smells different and extra enticing when you’re at that “neighborhood” coffee house.
Now, one longstanding Michigan coffee shop is closing after more than two decades in service. Read on for the scoop and to see if it’s a shop that you’ve visited.
House Biggby in downtown Lansing is closing. The beloved Michigan coffee shop was located on Ottawa Street near the Capitol. It’s been in business for 23 years. Managing Partner Jeff McAlvey signed and posted a letter on the door of the shop this week to tell customers that it will officially be closing on June 29. “On behalf of my partner Gary Granger and our staff, I want to thank you for your loyal support of the House Biggby,” McAlvey wrote in the letter. “It has been our privilege and joy to provide the Capitol Community with great service, high-quality Biggby beverages, and a gathering place for almost 23 years.”
So, why is it closing? According to his letter, a large part of it is because of a decline in the number of people in downtown Lansing. He says the shop is selling fewer drinks and items than it did before the pandemic. That makes sense, since more people are working remotely now. “We just can’t make the numbers work,” he wrote.
McAlvey ended his letter by thanking customers, managers and workers for the many years of memorable service. “We also want to thank our friends and partners at Biggby Coffee. They have the best coffee concept in the country and have worked with us to help us meet the unique needs of our downtown customer base,” McAlvey stated. He added that he wants to meet lots of customers in person before the shop permanently closes. “Over the next three weeks we want to celebrate the wonderful years the House Biggby has had, and we hope to have a chance to thank many of you for your loyal support in person,” McAlvey write.