Grab-A-Java, Springfield’s first drive-thru coffee shop, has been sold to new owners Bill and Vicky Legge. Long-time local residents Meg Evans and Peter Lazare founded the business, which will celebrate its 22 anniversary next month.
The Legges say they both plan to keep their day jobs; Bill is the executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois and Vicky works for the office of the Illinois Executive Inspector General.
“The culture, quality products and strong team made Grab-A-Java a good fit for us. We’ve been loyal customers for years, so we knew we had an opportunity to be a part of something very special” said Vicky. “Meg and Pete built a strong management team at Grab-A-Java that we can rely on for daily operations as we seek to continue their legacy of awesome coffee, served fast, by amazing people.”
Evans and Lazare say they are looking forward to retirement and being able to spend more time with their family, although they plan to assist with the transition of the business.
“We can’t express how grateful we are to the people of Springfield,” Evans said. “They weren’t just coffee orders or customers, but a real part of our lives. We were the first stop in so many people’s daily routine and we’re thrilled Vicky and Bill are here to make sure Grab-A-Java seamlessly moves forward.”
Grab-A-Java has two locations, 1702 S. Sixth St. and a west side store at 3115 Hedley Rd. In addition to the coffee and baked goods, Grab-A-Java is perhaps best known for the ever-changing artwork displayed out front, which Lazare painted.
He said he has been impressed with Bill and Vicky’s passion for both coffee and customer service.” “Their energy and enthusiasm and love of coffee is real,” said Lazare. “I look forward to watching as they build and even improve the Grab-A-Java experience.”