Coffee Shop Owner Helps Keep Competitor's Business Open In His Final Days

by - April 18, 2020

Dave McAdams, a well loved community member who coaches youth baseball, runs a coffee shop called The Local Coffee Company in Oak Grove, Oregon. Unfortunately, the happiness was short-lived as he was diagnosed with cancer for the third time and informed by doctors that there was not much they could do and he had only a few weeks left. 
Living his final days in hospice care, the expenses quickly became overwhelming for Dave and his wife, Tina. That was when help arrived from the most unlikeliest of sources.

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In an amazing act of compassion, Pixie Adams, the owner of Moonlight Coffee - one of Dave's main competitors in the community - stepped away from her own business and started working at Dave's coffee house. She volunteered and worked at The Local Coffee Company for free, helping generate additional money to pay for the medical bills.

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Pixie Adams working the drive-thru at Dave's shop

In the end, Pixie - herself a breast cancer survivor - worked at her competitor's drive-thru for free, created a Facebook event page and spread awareness and got the whole community to rally behind Dave. Cars queued up outside the drive-thru for hours and in 5 hours, Pixie earned The Local Coffee Company $3000 - more than they had ever earned in a single day. 

“It’s supposed to be friendship over business, community over competition. I am here supporting them, trying to generate attention for their business to help make sure that after Dave is gone, they still have the ability to keep the coffee place open."
- Pixie Adams

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8 comments

  1. Most businessmen, in such a scenario, would take advantage of the situation. I mean, they would show their sympathy, but that is it. What Pixie did was not only beautiful, but exemplary for other businessmen. God bless her!

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  2. What a wonderful message by Pixie. Only if we would all put humanity before competition

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  3. The first thing I thought was had I been in this situation would I have helped out? No. Not because it's a competitor, but because I'd have thought that there's not much that I could do. Maybe random acts of kindness is not so common because we've put ourselves in boxes. Plus there's this Indian thing where 'they're just taking advantage of you'. So many boxes to break!

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  4. Kind act of humanity. I cant believe such people still exist. Without your post we would never know of these unsung heroes.
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  5. Pixie is among the few who instead of offering lipservice for help, actually stepped out to actually help.. all the more commendable as it was for her competitor.. Kudos to her!

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  6. What a lovely post and what a brilliant lady. When humanity takes over competition and jealousy, you feel the world is beautiful.

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  7. This gave me goosebumps. I mean who goes and helps and works for their competition!?! How inspiring and empowering! True, it should be friendship over business, community over competition!!

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  8. A wonderful human being. A rare gem in today's world where competitors try to run their opponents to the ground by hook or crook. Thank you for sharing.

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