Elizabeth Stone, Owner
You know that saying, “Life is short”? I found out firsthand at age 49 when I became a widow. It was 3 months after our 30th anniversary and the shock of a lifetime. Zan and I saved money in hopes to open a business. After he passed, I made our dream a reality. With the encouragement of our 3 daughters, Zandrea, Britney and Melanie I designed and opened Bada Bean Coffee & Things in September of 2016. “Bada” was a word Zan used often in the most unusual ways. Zan once said that a coffee house should be colorful and purposeful; a place people wanted to go every day. He would be proud to serve you my coffee just as I am. With a smile and conversation, laughter and sometimes tears, I am here for you.
In the first year that I opened; I found another purpose, the Veteran community. Zan served in the US Army and we traveled around the USA and lived in Germany for 3 years. Meeting veterans who felt they were forgotten gave me the idea to celebrate them and show appreciation. On every federal holiday, those serving or have served in the armed forces receive free coffee. On the 3rd Thursday of the month, we serve veterans coffee from 8 am to 10 am.
Though I was successful, I was still grieving. I was blessed to find a widow coach who gave me the insight to also become a widow coach. I have designed grief workshops, individual coaching, group coaching and have a pod cast called “Coffee Time with the Grief Barista”. There is not a day I do not miss Zan. Zan was my Chapter 1, he made me a mother, a grandmother, and a business owner.
Now enters in my life, my Chapter 2. Kevin, a Marine veteran, whose helped me keep Zan’s vision ongoing with the coffee shop. This chapter also includes Heritage Cleaners who’ve I have partnered with to reopen in 2021.