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Meet Your Barista: John Mike @ Shelbyville Road

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News // on December 30th, 2016 // by // 2 Comments

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If you frequent our Shelbyville Road store, you probably recognize one of our long-time baristas,  John Mike. Not only is he friendly, thoughtful and fun to work with, John Mike recently made a volunteer trip to Gatlinburg to help with the wildfire relief efforts there.
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Which location is your home store?
My home store is Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews. #streetsharks
How long have you been working at HB?
I have been working at Heine Brothers since 2014. I was originally at the former Westport Village location until it closed. Upon closing, I was transferred to Shelbyville Road and have remained there since.
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Louisville Native or Transplant?
As much as I want to say Louisville native, I am a in-state transplant. I came to Louisville for school at Boyce College.
You recently went to Gatlinburg to volunteer for wildfire relief – what inspired your trip?
Volunteering to serve the people of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tennessee was definitely a eye opening experience. While this was not the first time I went straight into disaster, this one was different: absolutely nothing was salvageable. My inspiration behind going to Gatlinburg is my Christian worldview. Just as Christ died to serve us as an atoning sacrifice, how much more am I called to go and serve those who are in desperate need? Ultimately, that is what inspired me to go.
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Was there a particular story or person you met during your trip that really stuck with you through this experience?
There were a number of stories that stuck with me. Story of a family who was trapped, ran on foot down a ridge for their lives; a local D.J. who has lost thousands of dollars because of burned down venues and wedding cancellations; a small local Church that lost their sanctuary with ten members who also lost their homes; the faces of family after family coming to the donation pick-up center I was sent to filled with anguish as their “new normal” was confined to a shopping cart filled with donated goods. Any one of these stories alone can bring tears to one’s eyes followed by heartbreak. Yet, these are the realities for those who call Gatlinburg/Sevier County, TN home.
Is this the first volunteer trip you’ve taken?
No. Previously, I partook in mission trips with my local Church at home in central Kentucky. While we met physical needs where we could, we also worked to proclaim the Gospel message of Christ as well. As previously mentioned as well, I also participated in the Henryville tornado clean up.
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Are you planning any other trips this year (volunteering or for fun)?
The biggest adventure that I will be taking in the remainder of 2016 is home for Christmas. Looking to 2017, I intend on going back to Gatlinburg to aid in the clean up efforts as things will begin to shift from material/donation needs being met to recovery/clean-up efforts. There also might be some other trips throughout the next year. I’m quite the traveling person.
Do you have any goals for the new year?
Goals for 2017: *insert generic new year goals here that no one keeps*
What advice would you give your 16-year old self?
Do not give up on your faith & obedience in God. Having endured several close relative losses, death of a friend, various personal issues, and even a desire to want to do things completely alone since I was 16, my faith in God and the response of the Church has been the thing that has kept me alive. Even though I have been faithless, God has graciously been faithful to me.
And finally, what’s your favorite HB drink?
My favorite drink has to be the Miel. Just the right amount of sweet, spicy, and delicious.
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Meet Your Barista Lunchtime Poll: Christmas Edition

In Blog, Meet Your Barista, News, Uncategorized // on December 21st, 2016 // by // No comment

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Our baristas answer the question: What was the best (or worst) holiday gift you ever got as a kid?

Kody: “A new belt from my distant aunt that I later got spanked with for not appreciating my new belt.”

André: “Best: Having your birthday on Christmas . Worst: Having your birthday on Christmas.”

Josh: “A re-gift of cheap cologne”

Kalee: “Worst – a furby”

Ashley: “Worst: my family used to have one of those “steal a gift” game things where everyone brings something for like $10. I took home outdated computer software.”

Marina: “Worst: $1 check from Grandma. Best: Harry Potter Lego set of Hogwarts Express.”

Patrick: Worst: A set of scrapbooking supplies with a complimentary scent of cigarette smoke.”

Alison: “Worst: A goldfish that died the next morning.”

America: PS2 with all PS1 games. Best and worst.”

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Get Lit Lou: Read Responsibly

In Blog, Coffee 101, Community, Events, Louisville, News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment

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Heine Brothers’ is proud to partner with the Louisville Free Public Library (along with our friends at Against The Grain and 502 Fit Pass) on Get Lit Lou (short for Get Literary Louisville), LFPL’s new winter reading program for adults, encouraging everyone to “read responsibly”. From December through February, participants who read any three books and attend three programs – either at the Library or at Get Lit Lou-specific programs at partner businesses – will earn a prize and be entered in to drawings for bigger prizes.

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Now Accepting Donations for Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims

In Blog, Community, News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment

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The Appalachain Wildfires have been blazing since early November, and last week our hearts broke when they reached the city of Gatlinburg. To help the victims of the Gatlinburg Wildfires last week, Heine Brothers’ is accepting donations in-store, that’ll go to the victim’s fund with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Stop by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ this week and donate – we’ll match customer donations up to $500. 

More on the Gatlinburg Wildfires:

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Holiday Hours 2016

In News // on December 5th, 2016 // by // No comment

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Christmas Eve

  • HB-Main Street & HB-Fourth Street are closed for the day
  • All other locations are open until 5pm

Christmas Day

  • HB-Frankfort Avenue: open 8am-3pm
  • HB-Douglass Loop: open 8am-3pm
  • HB-Chenoweth Lane: open 8am-3pm
  • HB-Gardiner Lane: open 8am-7pm
  • HB-Schnitzelburg: open 8am-1pm
  • HB-Veterans Parkway: open 8am-1pm
  • All other locations will be closed.
  • All baristas working on Christmas Day have volunteered for the shifts, and would love to see you!

New Years Eve

  • HB-Main Street & HB-Fourth Street are closed for the day
  • Open until 6pm
    • HB-Chenoweth Lane
    • HB-Northfield
    • HB-Shelbyville Road
    • HB-Blankenbaker Parkway
    • HB-Veterans Parkway
    • Vint
  • Open until 9pm
    • HB-Longest Avenue
    • HB-Frankfort Avenue
    • HB-Douglass Loop
    • HB-Gardiner Lane
    • HB-Schnitzelburg

New Years Day

  • HB-Main Street & HB-Fourth Street are closed for the day
  • All other locations open at 8am
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Your Baristas Get Lit with the Louisville Free Public Library!

In Blog, Community, Louisville, Meet Your Barista, News // on December 1st, 2016 // by // No comment

Reading and coffee are better together! That’s why we’re getting lit – literature from the library, that is.

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We’re kicking off Get Lit Louisville with the Louisville Free Public Library by including a reading list of our Baristas’ favorite books that you can check out from the library and enjoy all winter:

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Winter’s Warmth

In Blog, Featured Coffee, News, Seasonal Drinks // on November 28th, 2016 // by // No comment

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Just in time for the Holidays, you can find Winter’s Warmth in stores or online now!

Winter’s Warmth blends three of our favorite fair trade, certified organic Latin American coffees for a smooth, full-bodied taste. Winter’s Warmth is a medium roast and has flavors of nougat, cinnamon, chocolate, with a lingering aftertaste.

The coffee and the bag design were inspired by the Danish word hyggeThough it has no direct translation in English, it’s meaning invokes the feelings of enjoying life’s simplicity, closeness, comfort, peace, graciousness, warmth, and family. To the Danish, it’s more than just a frame of mind – it represents a cultural approach to life. 

Karen Weeks, the designer who is also behind our Explorer Series bags, created a lovely package that channels the meaning of hygge. With the cheery red bag and whimsical design, it captures the essence of the feeling you get when you sip Winter’s Warmth.

So this winter, relax and make yourself feel at home with our newest coffee!

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Hope for the Holidays with Volunteers Of America!

In Community, Louisville, News // on November 26th, 2016 // by // No comment

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Heine Brothers’ is proud to join Volunteers Of America again with Hope for the Holidays! Now through Jan 3 2017, bring in any new or gently used winter coat or accessory in to your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ and it’ll be given to those in need right here in the Kentuckiana area!

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hoLOUdays Contest with LIBA!

In Blog, Community, Louisville, News // on November 25th, 2016 // by // No comment

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Heine Brothers’ is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s hoLOUdays Contest! Shop local this holiday season and you could win $1000. Collect receipts when you shop local and bring them by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ to enter – each receipt is another entry!

For more info and complete rules, see LIBA’s offical hoLOUdays page.

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Community Partner Spotlight: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

In Blog, Community, Community Partner Spotlight, News // on November 7th, 2016 // by // No comment

We’re gearing up for Election Day tomorrow (caffeinate and vote!), which means it’s the perfect time to spotlight our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC).

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They’ve been working hard this election season to increase voter participation; organizing rides, working towards restoring voting rights, and educating Kentuckians about voter issues. The Jefferson County chapter was a sponsor of the Metro Council candidate debates earlier this year, and released their voting guide so voters can read more about their state and local candidates.

But getting out the vote is just one of the many things KFTC does for Kentuckians.

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