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Downtown Bay City coffee shop houses trove of Beatles memorabilia

Oct 17, 2014

A small glimpse into the world of the Beatles And Beans Coffee Emporium
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Most of us are pretty familiar with the sounds of a coffee shop, from the clink of cups and spoons, to the hiss of the steam wand on the espresso machine, and to voices in conversation.

At one coffee shop in downtown Bay City, you'll hear music of the Beatles. Apart from that, Brad Wilderman and his wife Peggy have turned their coffee shop, Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium, into a shrine to the Fab Four. 

"As soon as you walk in, it literally opens a time portal to 1964, when the greatest music explosion of all took place. You'll never believe from the outside in what you're about to encounter," says Brad Wilderman. 

The Wildermans covered the walls of the coffee shop with Beatles records and photos. Some are vintage; others are reproductions or home-made memorabilia.

Wilderman have been collecting Beatles memorabilia for 25 years from all over the world. 

"I've had people start crying in here because of the Beatles memories. You know, you are looking at hundreds of thousands of hours of work. There's about 500 miles of fishing line here ... it's nuts," says Wilderman. 

* Listen to our conversation with Brad Wilderman above.