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Can’t spell Biggby without BG

On July 15, the local Biggby Coffee is hosting giveaways and selling 20 ounce special beverages for $1.99 all day long in honor of the shop’s two year anniversary. 

Specialty beverages include lattes, cream freezes, hot chocolate and more. The special applies to all drinks either hot or iced and will have a slight extra charge for drinks ordered frozen. 

The two year anniversary special is not only to give back to the costumers, but to celebrate the success of Biggby in the community. 

“The founder of Biggby called and said, ‘I don’t know what you are doing down there, but keep it up.’ They are thrilled,” owner Gary Dible said. 

While Biggby has played a large role in serving coffee in the community, Dible said that the idea all started with a dream and a flyer. 

“I always wanted to own my own business, but I never knew what that business was going to be,” Dible said. “As I got further in life, I always thought it would be an unfulfilled dream. Until one day I was in a Biggby and pulled out an ‘Own Your Own Franchise Flyer,’ and the rest is history.”

Over the last two years, Biggby has gone beyond the typical franchise in the community by sponsoring campus organizations and youth sports teams, donating coffee to local teachers, hosting college radio broadcasts, working with fraternities and sororities and offering weekly discounts. 

When speaking of giving back to local teachers, Dible said, “We see a drop off (of business) in summer, but I can focus my efforts on the community, the ones who are here 12 months a year. Whether it’s a teachers aid, a teacher or faculty member, they get a free drink.” 

Biggby is known to give away donut holes and iced coffee at Campus Fest and help out with Dance Marathon. 

“I am involved with the University and speak to a couple classes a year for franchising and entrepreneurship,” Dible said. 

Throughout his success with the shop, Dible said the most rewarding thing is the people he gets to meet and have a conversation with every day, along with the staff. 

“I feel so fortunate to have a large pool of student applications to choose from, and I feel like we offer the best custumer service anywhere,” he said. “People are always saying the workers are awesome. We know the custumers and they know us. It has just been a blessing.”

While Dible wants to open a couple more Biggby shops in the future, he is currently looking forward to the possibility of having a delivery service for students in the residential and Greek housing in the future. 

In terms of popularity in drinks, Dible said, “I believe that the most popular drink is the Butter Bear, with caramel and butterscotch.” 

Curently, every Tuesday Biggby has what is called 20-Twosday, 22% off when you show your BGSU ID, and every Wednesday is BOGO (buy one get one free) with the use of a passcode that can be found on Biggby’s social media.

Biggby’s Facebook page is Biggby Coffee BG Ohio and the shop’s Twitter handle is @bg_biggby. 

The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“I chose BG because it has been my hometown for 20 years,” Dible said. “‘It isn’t Biggby without BG’ is the slogan I live by.”

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