Hillary has been working with us since 2006, from busser to barista to roaster and manager. She has taken many classes through the SCA, including roasting, barista, and customer service, as well as some Zingtrain classes. When she isn’t at work, Hillary will often be found hiking with her dogs, adventuring with friends, or volunteering with the National Ski Patrol. Hillary’s mug is usually filled with either a latte with maple syrup and a dash of cayenne pepper, or a Black and Creamy – an iced drink made with half chai, half cold brew, and a splash of half and half.
Mariah was hired as a busser in 2014 and trained as a barista that same year. She is now a shift leader and part of the roasting team. Mariah has taken a number of SCA barista and roaster classes. When Mariah isn’t at work she is most likely traveling to a concert with close friends, spending time with her dog, singing karaoke at sister restaurant City Park Grill, or watching/participating in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Can you tell she and Skylar are best friends? Most likely to be found in her mug is some delicious fresh roasted black coffee, or when she’s feeling fancy, an almond milk cortado.
Ben Walker enjoyed Roast & Toast long before taking an official role on the team. After visiting so frequently (often in the “kissing booth” as a young lad) the Keedys invited him to start working. Fast forward 15 years, Ben is now general manager and partner.
Skyler has been a part of the Roast & Toast team since 2014, starting as a daily guest coming in with Mariah; then in 2015, she was hired as a busser, then barista, and now shift leader. Skyler has also taken numerous classes on different areas of the coffee industry. When she’s not working, she is most likely slinging dough at Petoskey Pretzel. During her rare time off, she is often found traveling to concerts with friends (life is short, buy those tickets), singing karaoke at sister restaurant City Park Grill, or watching/participating in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Can you tell she and Mariah are best friends? Usually her mug is filled with a quad shot almond milk latte with maple syrup.
Jenni joined the team in 2013 as a barista, and is now a shift leader. She has taken classes to expand her (and our) coffee knowledge. When not at work, Jenni can often be found walking on local trails, curled up with her cats and a good book, crafting, or spending the day exploring the different restaurants that northern Michigan has to offer. Jenni’s mug is usually filled with a soy latte or a fresh roasted black coffee.
Joyce was hired in 2017 as a barista and is now the manager at the McLaren Medical Office Building location. During her time away from work, Joyce is most likely playing with her bunnies, jamming and singing some tunes with friends including karaoke at sister restaurant City Park Grill, or watching, directing, and/or participating in Rocky Horror Picture Show. You’ll most likely find a six shot (yes, you read that right) mocha in her mug.