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.
- Serving coffee to the Secret Service in 2004 when George W. Bush stayed at the Royal Park Hotel during his campaign for reelection
- Calling the First Aid Kit the Bou Bou Box
- Beating the Adams store in a friendly softball game
- Seeing David Becker each morning
- Being slammed at the Christmas Parade the 1st Sunday of December
- Making my very first video for a grad school class (I included it in this blog)
- 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