Acts of Kindness

Coffee shop owner puts rivalry aside to help competitor given weeks to live

January 24th, 2020

Usually, the last thing a business owner would do is help out a competitor. After all, they’re both vying for the same customers. For certain types of businesses, including coffee shops, owners want to draw in as many people as possible, including those who go to a rival’s company.

But what happens when a competitor is in a dire situation, to the point of possibly having to shut down their business? One man and his wife from Oak Grove, Oregon found themselves facing that very scenario. That’s when the unthinkable happened.

Dave and Tina McAdams aren’t your ordinary coffee shop owners.

This married couple has worked as a team in almost everything they do. Dave worked as a baseball coach, youth pastor, and served as an active member of the Portland Ghostbusters Group and the Rotary Club. On top of all that, the two of them opened a charming coffee shop in 2018.

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The couple had a bright future when tragedy struck.

Dave was diagnosed with cancer. Even worse, it was in his lymph nodes, giving him just a couple of weeks to live. To make his last days on Earth as comfortable as possible, he entered hospice. Now with a coffee shop to run and not wanting to disappoint their loyal customers, they had no idea what they would do.

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Of all things, a competitor from another coffee shop stepped up to the plate.

Among the many people in the community who rallied behind Dave and Tina were their customers who frequented The Local Coffee Company. But someone else came forward who would do something so incredibly special. Pixie Adams, the owner of Moonlight Coffeehouse and one of the couple’s competitors put the rivalry aside to help.

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She went as far as to close her own coffee shop.

Pixie didn’t just call to check in on Dave and Tina, she closed the doors of her business for an entire day and worked without pay at The Local Coffee Company to raise money. In support of Dave, customers were more than willing to wait in long lines just to order a cup of coffee, a cappuccino, or a latte.

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It turned out to be a record sales day.

The outpouring of love and support was beyond what anyone could’ve imagined. That day, The Local Coffee Company had 142 sales. Those combined with selfless donations, Pixie and her helpers were able to raise $3,000 while giving Tina time to be with Dave.

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There was no way Pixie was going to turn her back on Dave and Tina…competitors or not.

She said, “I knew that I had to do something to help them keep their business afloat. So, I decided to take over their shop and throw all of the support I could through my business and my community their way.” Talk about a beautiful act of kindness.

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Come to find out, Pixie opened her coffee shop in 2017 following a difficult battle with breast cancer. She continues to go above and beyond to help the McAdams. Recently, she created a special brew, appropriately named “Dave’s Loved Deeply Brew” with all sales going to the McAdams. Tina and Dave are grateful for all the people who’ve touched their lives.

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