Dayton coffee shop offers free cup (and mug) to teachers TODAY

Biggby Coffee at 418 Warren St. in The Flats at South Park just south of downtown Dayton is offering a sweet deal to teachers today, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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Any teacher with a school ID can score a free 16-ounce hot or iced specialty beverage today, and while supplies last, the coffee shop is also  giving away a free mug to all teachers.

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The Biggby Coffee shop in in The Flats at South Park is the first Dayton-area location for the East Lansing, Mich.-based that that launched in 1995. Biggby Coffee has more than 230 cafes in nine states.

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A store manager confirmed this morning that the Dayton franchise location is participating in the one-day-only promotion. The coffee shop is open until 9 p.m. tonight.

***PREVIOUS UPDATE (April 2, 2019)***

The first Dayton-area Biggby Coffee opens today, Tuesday, April 2 in The Flats at South Park.

The first 50 customers will win a "special Biggby prize," according to the shop's Facebook event page. Co-franchisee Jeff Meyer said those prizes will include "cups, shirts, free drink cards and various other swag items."

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The shop has a drive-through and a patio, and seats 30 inside.

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Biggby Coffee’s hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

***PREVIOUS UPDATE (March 21, 2019)***

The first Dayton-area Biggby Coffee shop in the works in The Flats at South Park is now hiring.

The new shop will be located in the 400 block of Warren Street between downtown Dayton and the University of Dayton. Biggby Coffee will occupy a 1,505-square- foot end-cap space that will include a drive-through window. Plans call for hiring 12 to 15 full- and part-time employees and to be open seven days a week, the shop’s franchise owners, Jeff and Laynae Meyer of Kettering, told this news outlet last fall.

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"Work for a company that you love and you'll never work a day in your life," a post this afternoon on the Biggby Dayton Facebook page said in announcing the hiring drive. "That statement is true for those of us who are part of the BIGGBY COFFEE family! We get to make friends, have fun, and share great coffee for a living!"

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The precise opening date has not yet been set.

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Jeff and Laynae Meyer of Kettering say they fell in love with Biggby Coffee and its shops' environment, coffee and family atmosphere while living in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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“We swore that when we returned home to Dayton to be with family that we would someday bring Biggby to Dayton, (and now) that time has come,” Jeff Meyer told this news outlet.

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The husband-and-wife team are now the local franchise owners of Biggby Coffee, and they have signed a lease to open their first Dayton-area location between downtown Dayton and the University of Dayton's campus.

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But their plans extend well beyond that first store. Jeff Meyer said he and his wife intend to open three or four more Biggby Coffee shops across the region over the next two-and-half years.

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“Laynae and I are both multi-generational Daytonians, and we are committed to be part of the resurgence of our downtown community and neighborhood,” Meyer said. “It is our absolute intention to open more locations in Dayton and surrounding areas. We plan to have four to five  opened in 30 months.”

The first new coffee shop will be located in The Flats at South Park, a new mixed-use project coming to the 400 block of Warren Street south of downtown and north of UD. Biggby Coffee will occupy a 1,505-square- foot end-cap space that will include a drive-through window. Plans call for hiring 12 to 15 full- and part-time employees and to be open seven days a week. The new shop could open as soon as March of 2019.

“The Flats was the perfect location to introduce Biggby to Dayton,” Meyer said.

The project offers 10,500 square feet of street-level commercial space. Cassano’s Pizza has signed a lease to occupy 2,000 square feet and plans to move its existing Brown Street restaurant to the new development, city records indicate.

“We are excited to bring this new tenant to the market,” developer Greg Thompson said Thursday in an Oberer release. “With this announcement, and Cassano’s Pizza currently under construction, the retail space is gaining momentum.”

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East Lansing, Mich.-based Biggby Coffee was launched in 1995 and now has 275 locations open or under contract in 10 states. Most of its Ohio locations are in the Toledo/northwest Ohio area, although a shop in Loveland, Ohio north of Cincinnati is listed as “coming soon” on the company’s web site.

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The Flats at South Park development includes first-floor retail with three floors of one- and two-bedroom apartments above;  the apartments are 100 percent occupied, Oberer officials said. Phase II of the project will include a mix of single family homes, attached townhouses and residential flats. The developer plans to break ground on that phase next spring, Oberer officials said.

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