Gregory is from France, where he spent years working the cafes and bistros. After visiting the U.S. a few times, he decided to take a leap of faith and move here. He had no concrete plans. Only hope and an engaging personality. But it’s served him well. If I stop to think what it would be like to move to another country, learn another language and open a small business, I laugh. I couldn’t do that. Could you?
People don’t happen into Simply Coffee. Gregory’s customers come in on purpose.
One couple entered the shop, and Gregory greeted them by name and with hugs. He knew exactly what they wanted to drink (“Do you want room for cream with that today?”). They chatted with him about his family, a conversation continued from the last time they stopped by. When another person entered to a hug and a similar conversation about Gregory’s family, I began to feel left out.