For Peet's Sake, Don't Leave Caribou!

A few memories of working & hanging out at Caribou...


Don't Leave Caribou!

My mom and I drive made the 40 minute drive to the Arts & Apples Festival in Rochester in 2001. I had just taken my job at Romeo High School, and my mom wanted me to move closer to work. We stopped for coffee at Caribou at Walton/Livernois and decided to drive around town looking for possible locations for me to live. I made the move to Rochester in January of 2002...

That was my first Rochester Caribou experience, and I had no idea how many hours I would spend hanging out at various locations, making friends and earning some extra money in the summer.  I had spent countless hours at the Royal Oak Caribou grading papers before moving to Rochester, and I worked at the Tienken store before it closed a few years ago. I made many lifelong friends and met so many community members throughout the years. After Tienken closed, I would visit some of the workers occassionally at the Walton/Livernois store which closed today. I would also stop there on a very hot day if I didn't take enough water on my walks. They were definitely my lifeline.  

Funny/Memorable Moments:

  1. Serving coffee to the Secret Service in 2004 when George W. Bush stayed at the Royal Park Hotel during his campaign for reelection
  2. Calling the First Aid Kit the Bou Bou Box
  3. Beating the Adams store in a friendly softball game
  4. Seeing David Becker each morning
  5. Being slammed at the Christmas Parade the 1st Sunday of December
  6. Making my very first video for a grad school class (I included it in this blog)
  7. Phone pranking other stores (including the downtown Starbucks), asking if they could steam breast milk


Even though I haven't worked there for several years, I still see so many familiar faces around town. I treasure those moments and memories, and I plan to officially make the Dessert Oasis my home store. Pretty soon, all Caribous in Michigan (including the Walton/Adams location) will become Peet's. I will definitely give it a chance, welcoming them to the area the same way Caribou welcomed me. 


Thanks a Latte, Caribou!! Much <3

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Sheila Stokes April 16, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Many great times were had at Caribou. I'm sad to see them leave.


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