35545 W. Michigan Avenue
Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Biggby Coffee is a a Lansing, Michigan-based company. All stores are owned by franchisees; there are no corporate stores. Derek Shear, operating manager/owner of the Wayne Biggby, has lived in Wayne 2 years. He was tired of working the corporate life and had the opportunity to invest in a community that needed help. Biggby in Wayne opened in July, 2015. They have had 60% growth since they opened. They are sponsoring the Wayne Memorial High School Class of 2017. Biggby is involved in the local community. They are the kick-off location for Wayne Main Street’s Small Business Saturday event on November 28. They provide the coffee for the Wayne Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connection. Bright Futures at WMHS will have a weekly meeting at Biggby.
Everything is made fresh. None of their drinks are made with push buttons. All is handcrafted while you wait. Several drinks unique to the Wayne store are the Frosted Leprechaun and Butterbeer. All drinks can be made hot, iced or frozen. On Mondays during Happy Hour (2pm-7pm), all drinks are half off. On Tuesdays, city employees and teachers can buy 1 drink and get 1 free or they can get $1 off.
Biggby is open to hosting parties, clubs and events. They have free high speed wifi. Eventually, they would like to set up a music night. If you have ideas, let Derek know next time you stop by.
4308 S. Wayne Road
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Pizmo’s Market has only been open a few weeks and already they are developing a following. Todd LaCoe and Matt Toyeas are the owners, and they want you to know they are not a party store. Pizmo’s specializes in meats, seafood and deli. The selection includes fresh tri-tips, sirloin filets, different types of hamburgers and sausages, pork products, chicken, and more. The burgers, sausage, chicken salad and cocktail sauce are all made in-house. If the store doesn’t carry what you are looking for, they will get it for you. They try to carry stuff no one else offers.
Along with Todd and Matt, there are two employees in the market. You can find Blazo’s pies, pumpkin raisin bread and rotisserie chicken (not only the whole chicken, but you can also just buy rotiserried parts). They also have a shelf of seasonings and spices. As they grow, they will add additional items to the store. The door is open and although at first glance, you might think they are not yet open, they are. Go inside, say hello, and grab tonight’s dinner.
35145 E. Michigan Avenue
Premier Staff Services is a temporary employment agency. They specialize in finding people to staff jobs such as housekeeping, warehousing, production, truck driving and hi lo operations. Placements are made with companies all over the Detroit area. It is important to have transportation in place before applying. Kayode Ayodele, an employee at the business, advises you bring a resume with you when you come in. It makes finding a placement much easier if they have something already written down to look at. They currently advertise immediate job openings for warehouse, production, certified Hi-Lo operators, tool and die repair, overhead crane operators, electrician, truck drivers, shipping and receiving, computer repair techs, machine repair, control engineers and mechanical maintenance.
3127 S. Wayne Road
Helium Studio’s grand opening will be November 13. They’ll be open 11 a.m. -8 p.m. with a reception for the public at 6 p.m.; snacks and beverages will be provided at the reception. Dave Jenkins and Kim White-Jenkins are jewelry makers and the owners. Dave and Kim have been selling online, at shows and at galleries for years. There will be 50 makers and artists showcased in the store at the opening. They expect to have others joining in as the holiday progresses and more in the new year.
“Helium Studio is an artist market featuring local handmade artists and makers, as well as collectible vintage pieces. It’s an extension of our Helium Studio jewelry brand, which represents our line of jewelry that features hammered metals, vintage elements and found baubles. Many people have asked us what the ‘Helium’ in our name means. We believe that it represents our goals for the shop and our jewelry: to be an uplift to our community, and to inspire and to support our artists,” stated Kim.
There is a classroom that will be offering opportunities to learn crafts as well as a place for book clubs, knitting groups or other groups/clubs to gather. The goal of Helium Studio is to be a destination for handmade and vintage shoppers from inside and outside of our community. They would love to grow the arts scene in Wayne, and do whatever they can to help recruit businesses to the area and support Wayne artists. This includes Matt Rochon, recently featured in the Wayne Dispatch and the artist behind the John Wayne signs that have been seen around Wayne in the past. He will be doing a special piece to mark the Wayne Rd. store entrance and will have some of his art for sale in the store.