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Good Day Cafe

A local cafe in Centre County is changing lives one cup of coffee at a time.

They first opened back in 2018 as an all inclusive place of employment, and like many things this past year, they too have been impacted by the pandemic.

“The coffee is great, the food is great, and there’s just this warmth and comfort that people feel when they come in here, and people want that especially now, in a time when there is so much uncertainty.”

After 3 years of warm welcomes. 2020 was the hardest for Good Day Cafe. because like many restaurants and cafes across the country, the inclusive workplace located in State College took a major hit because of the pandemic.

“I think one of the things we’ve really worked to continue even during the pandemic is this is a place of caring and acceptance.”

All 18 of their employees had to be furloughed, and suddenly, coffee with a cause had a much bigger meaning.

“They had finally established a routine, a paycheck, and being employed, and being out in the community, and socializing that they worked for so long to build up to how to do the job, feeling comfortable with the job, and that
feeling of success and it really was a loss for them.”

After returning to work, the loss of face to face interaction was a difficult adjustment for both the employees and the customers.

“I think one of the things that really draws people to good day cafe is the atmosphere. ”

To compromise, they started offering take out and curbside pickup.

“The customer service that they receive here is top notch. And just knowing that they are making a difference in people’s lives and they are interacting with the people directly who they are promoting and helping benefit.”

McDerid says the community is so important to Good Day Cafe and staying open during this pandemic has just been one small way to say thanks.

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