Coffee shop owner closes after going into hospice, so his competitor closes her shop to work at his for free
Friendship runs deeper than business, and so was the case with two local coffee shops in Oregon when one owner had to close due to a cancer diagnosis.
Dave and Tina McAdams opened their dream coffee shop, The Local Coffee Company, in Oak Grove, Oregon about a year ago.
Dave’s love for his community runs pretty deep – he’s been an active part of it for years as a youth pastor, a baseball coach, the Rotary Club and even the Portland Ghostbusters group.
So, when Dave went into hospice care due to terminal cancer, his loyal customers and community members alike wanted to help.
Dave has inoperable cancer in his lymph nodes and unfortunately only has a few weeks left on this earth – which is the reason why Dave and Tina had to close down the shop so Tina could see him through hospice.
So on Wednesday, the owner of a nearby coffee shop came to support the family by working in the store for free.
“She closed her own shop for a day and ran ours,” Tina McAdams told CNN.
And boy oh boy was it a record day for the drive-up coffee shop, with over 142 sales to coffee lovers who waited in longer than normal lines for their coffees, lattes and cappuccinos – which is a reflection on the impact Dave has had on his community.
And get this – they raised $3,000 in sales and donations.
“I knew that I had to do something to help them keep their business afloat so that Tina could be with Dave,” said Pixie Adams, who owns Moonlight Coffeehouse.
“So, I decided to take over their shop and throw all of the support I could through my business and my community their way,” she told KATU.
And even though the two shops are about a mile apart, they don’t consider each pother rivals, but friends!
“I will always consider them friends more than competitors, and this is what friends do,” Adams said.
Adams, who is no stranger to cancer, said it was an honor to help. She actually ended up starting her own coffee business in 2017 after she herself battled breast cancer.
“I fought hard for more birthdays, and I want to do the very best I can for my community with as many years as I can,” Adams said.
She plans to keep raising money for the family at her shop.
A Portland coffee roaster held a fundraiser for the McAdams family last month and made 100 pounds of a special Dave’s Loved Deeply Brew that’s named after his personal philosophy. All the money from sales of that coffee will go to the family.
Tina says Dave makes a lot of videos which he ends by telling viewers, “You are deeply loved.”
“He just sees people for who they are,” Tina said. “He makes people feel like they’re the most important person to him.”
She said many people came to see her husband while he was in the hospital.
He had no idea he had touched so many people, she said.
It’s people like Dave McAdams that do so much good in the world that they don’t always stop to look at how many people they’ve impacted. They do it because it brings them joy and because it’s the right thing to do – and that our beloved readers, is Majic!
You can support Dave and Tina by visiting their GoFundMe page that was set up for them by Mandy Wells.