Dan Bates, executive director of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, attended the ribbon-cutting Monday morning. He said the city was “thrilled” to add Biggby to the list of businesses in Hamilton.
“Although they are another coffee and food choice in Hamilton, they will compliment the existing coffee and food establishments in our city,” Bates said. “Our existing businesses are thriving and as new businesses come on-line they are met with quick success in Hamilton. Business is great here now. Hamilton is hot and is great to experience the speed at which this is all happening.”
Bates said the city is “moving forward” just as work continues on Spooky Nook, the mega sports complex that is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the region.
After visiting a friend in Michigan, the Hepburns were introduced to the Biggby Coffee brand. When the brand entered the Cincinnati market 12 years ago, Amy Hepburn quickly became friends with Shanna Novosel, an area representative for the brand, through a book club.
After learning more about the brand, Dustin, 41, and Amy, 40, decided to open a location.
“It was a no-brainer for us to pursue our dream of business ownership with the Biggby Coffee brand seeing as though their model has proven successful,” he said.
There are 13 Biggby locations in the region and 15 more are in development, she said. Founded in 1995, the company has more than 250 locations.
The menu includes hot and cold drinks, breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
Hepburn, who taught for 18 years, said teaching and owning a business are very similar because both involve working with people and training employees.
“I love it,” she said. “We both were ready for a change and it’s great working together.”
The Hepburns are “very involved” in their stores and their children, Grace, 14, a freshman at Loveland High School, and Lukas, 8, a sixth-grader at Loveland Intermediate, attended the ribbon-cutting. Grace works at the Loveland location.
HOW TO GO:
WHAT: Biggby Coffee shop
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
LOCATION: 1055 High St., Hamilton
SERVICE: Drive-through and carryout