Good Day Café was definitely the very best location to satisfy Dr. Roy Love for coffee. After all, it was his concept to create this Strawberry Fields business to offer jobs for grownups with intellectual impairments or psychological health diagnoses. And he continues to be among the café's essential boosters.
It was also a good time to take a seat with this guy who enhances the function of State College spinal columns and supports nearly as lots of Happy Valley triggers. Not only had the café resumed simply 12 days earlier, however I had actually demolished my little toe the night before.
Undoubtedly I would not ask for complimentary medical guidance, would I? Naturally I would. So the excellent physician confirmed my pinky toe was probably broken, and he informed me to just tape it to the adjoining digit until it healed.
With that accomplished, I turned my attention to the man with the notable name and the excellent track record for community service. One of Love's stable patients for nearly 7 years, (yes, I pay for office check outs), I currently knew a lot about his practice and his social work. What I wanted to find out– and to share with you– was the why.
Why does this Lansdale native serve State College companies as various as Strawberry Fields is from the State Theater? And why does he commit such energy to so many causes when his chiropractic practice is currently rather demanding?
It only took an hour and a cup of excellent joe to offer me with insights– and some entertaining stories– that revealed the real Dr. Love. And later on I supplemented my interview with remarks from 4 others who know him well– Cindy Pasquinelli, CEO of Strawberry Fields; Pat Chambers, head coach of Penn State guys's basketball; Mike Desmond, a former co-owner of Hotel State College; and Cindy Love, Roy's better half who is also his workplace supervisor.
WHO IS THIS GUY?
My look for the essence of Roy Love (yes, KISS fans, “Calling Dr. Love!”) brought me rapidly to the man's passionate nature. As Cindy Pasquinelli puts it, “When Roy is in, he's all in.” Or as Cindy Love says, “He's simply an extremely enthusiastic person. He puts whatever into it. Sometimes I don't even know how he does it all.”
Enthusiastic, yes, but also efficient.
“I take a look at my mom and dad and I realize I got Irish Catholic and Protestant German,” says Love. “When you discuss the melting pot of America, you've got a mother who says, ‘Don't worry, every day is going to get better; live your life to the max.' And you've got a hard-working German dad who says, ‘You've got to get this done. You've got God-given ability and you ‘d much better maximize it.'”
In addition to his family tree, the 61-year old Love states he's been shaped by basketball, the sport he played until a shoulder injury ended the fun a couple of years back.
“I'm a point player,” says Love, who was cut from his effective high school team at Lansdale Catholic however played lunchtime pickup video games for decades on Penn State's campus. “I do not care if I score three points or if I score 20 points. The goal is for the group to win. Which's really instilled in me about helping other individuals and making this location (the State College location) a much better place.”
COMING TO PENN STATE
It was 1978 when Love moved to Penn State, having invested his very first 2 years of college at the University of Delaware. Soon he started to fulfill a series of remarkable personalities. The first was Dr. Steve Danish, a human development teacher who taught a course in “Helping Relationships.” Danish, now a professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth, operated from a wheelchair however definitely was not limited by it.
“Everyone loved him,” states Love, “and he assisted me into the basic field of helping occupations. Maybe that's where my approach came from, that every human has a function in the world which you have an obligation to live up to those God-given expectations.”
Motivated by Dr. Danish and other professor, Love states, “My education from Penn State was a first-rate education.”
On the other hand, the future chiropractic doctor fulfilled members of the neighborhood who were simply as intriguing. For instance, he and three pals rented rooms in 700 W. College Ave., a rooming house owned by business pioneer Glenn O. Hawbaker, Sr..” I really didn't even know who he was,” says Love. “He was just my property manager. When I returned here to work (in 1986), I recognized he owned the largest building company in central Pennsylvania. However when our furnace broke down, he would appear to fix it. And we utilized to have to pay our lease to Mrs. Hawbaker so she could see the kids personally. A single person couldn't bring four checks. All 4 had to concern pay the monthly lease.”
Many Penn Staters worked their way through college in the excellent old days, and Love was no exception. In 1979, he took a bartending task at The Autoport, then a premier area for accommodations and meals. And that provided him a closeup view of Don Myers, the center's longtime owner.
“Mr. Myers was persnickety on every part of management of the place,” recalls Love, “and you realize that anyone who runs a good dining establishment needs to be that method. One time I was dealing with a sluggish afternoon and a lot of the wives of business people were in the lounge. Mr. Myers was obsessed if there was a fly anywhere around; he ‘d always be walking with pesticide spray. So, a fly landed on the back of one girl's arm and I had a rolled up paper in my hand. All three of the other women nodded ‘yes,' so I smacked the fly on that girl's arm. She leapt up out of her chair, and they told that story for several years. The Autoport was a terrific location since it required me into being a more social person and connecting with everybody.”
One day, the future Cindy Love entered into the dining establishment to request a job. Coincidentally, Roy's mother was remaining at The Autoport while his dad attended a conference at Penn State, and she saw Cindy capture her very first glance of Roy. Mrs. Love happily informed her son that Cindy “has eyes for you,” and quickly the tourist attraction ended up being shared. Not only did Cindy get hired as a waitress, however she got married with the future Dr. Love in 1983.
“She was just a fantastic individual– enjoyable to be around, stunning, funny,” states Love. “And we were a good match. I couldn't be doing what I'm doing as a chiropractic physician without my other half as an assistance staff person. Both of us discovered hospitality through The Autoport, and she is the world's biggest at understanding how you treat people.”
Roy and Cindy Love picked to live in Happy Valley as a geographical compromise, but the choice exercised well for raising kids. (Photo by Bill Horlacher)
RETURNING TO STATE COLLEGE
Love graduated from the popular Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985. Then he and Cindy dealt with a key choice. Where should they set up their practice and raise their household? “I might have dealt with an excellent chiropractic practitioner in southern Connecticut,” states Roy. “But I'll always remember Cindy saying, ‘Three hours from your parents and 8 hours from mine. That's not gon na work.'”
State College showed to be a geographical compromise and an amazing neighborhood for the Love family.
“It's the best place to raise kids,” states Roy, as he assesses the training of Sean, 34, Collin, 29 and Molly, 26 (she's the newest chiropractic doctor in the Love practice). “You have a wonderful first-rate high school. You have hiking and fishing. And after you expose your kids to culture, you get back in your car and you're house in five minutes.”
Dr. Love's early years in State College needed effort to establish his practice, yet he still got included with community activities. Initially he coached all of his kids' soccer and basketball groups until they reached seventh grade. Next, he came from the concept for the Haunted Granary, an annual fund-raiser for the Lemont Village Association, and he served on its board for several years. And then he chaired the board and raised the funds to start the Stan Yoder Preserve, a 15-acre residential or commercial property in Boalsburg that offers walking courses and a beautiful natural location.
BIG-TIME BOOSTER FOR STATE THEATRE
But no other regional cause could record Dr. Love's passion as fully as The State Theatre. He recalls being welcomed by regional business owner Mike Negra to sign up with a group of folks who were considering a complete renovation of the old movie theatre at 130 W. College Ave. Predictably enough, Love was “all in” then and stays that method today, long after the rebuilt facility's grand opening on Dec. 14, 2006.
“I love live music and I enjoy efficiency,” states the man who has actually provided or raised hundreds of countless dollars on behalf of the facility. “I matured with a capability to go to small locations outside of Philadelphia and see the similarity Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt. And we lived near the Temple Music Festival, so from age 14 on, my buddies and I were courageous about sneaking in and sitting in seats near to the stage. So we had great direct exposure to fantastic musicians. And we didn't have that kind of location in State College where there's an intimate setting with quality artists. Today, we've had David Crosby, Graham Nash, some really incredible performers, and every seat in The State Theater is less than 30 lawns far from the phase.”
Great performances are necessary to the veteran chiropractic doctor, but so are the relationships he has formed through the theatre. He'll certainly always remember Mr. and Mrs. Sid Friedman, owners of the structure and major donors to the theater.
“I keep in mind several times giving Mrs. Friedman my arm while strolling through the street with Sid to the State Theater,” he states. “Then, perhaps 3 or 4 years after the theater opened, Sid died and after that Helen died possibly 2 years after that. They were a wonderful couple who did so much for our neighborhood, particularly The State Theatre. And the Friedman household continues to be a major advantage to the theatre.”
SERVING WITH DESMOND
Serving with The State Theatre likewise caused Love's relationship with Mike Desmond. United by Negra in 2001 due to the fact that of their common interest in The State, the two have shared 2 multi-year stints on the theatre's board– and great deals of laughter. Asked to explain the Loves, Desmond told me this: “Roy and Cindy Love constantly measure up to their name and reputation. They're caring and generous and thoughtful. And Roy has an element of the prankster.”
Some years earlier, Love was playing Santa Claus at the Senior Center, and while still in outfit he chose to pay a prankster's visit to his brand-new friend Mike Desmond. He also brought a prop– a plan of coal. “I went to Hotel State College and said to Mike, ‘You've been a really nasty bad kid. So all you should have is coal.' And he didn't understand who I was. I let it ride for about three weeks till I told him it was me. We became great buddies after that.”
Desmond's account of the Santa event corresponds Love's, but he also tells another outfit story that the medical professional forgot to mention. “We had an outfit celebration to support The State Theatre in the Autoport's primary dining room. And Roy came as ‘The Man in the Shower.' If you can picture this, he made a harness that rested on his back and went over his shoulders. To that, he connected aluminum shower rods above his head in a ring with a shower drape all around himself. So he had the shower drape pulled so you could only see his legs from the knees down. And then he ‘d move open the drape and there would be Roy in a shower cap, wearing a pair of shorts and holding a scrub brush. That was my all-time favorite Roy Love costume.”
Shown here at Good Day Café, Dr. Love constantly advises service and neighborhood groups to gather at the cafe which is operated by Strawberry Fields. (Photo by Bill Horlacher)
ALL IN FOR PENN STATE BASKETBALL
Couple of fans have actually been more unfaltering in supporting Nittany Lion males's basketball than Roy Love. Due to the fact that he comprehends the context of the program, he's not one to get frustrated by the group's ups and downs. “Until this year (2019-20), they were always under-skilled over-achievers,” he states.
Love notes that his heart for the Lions stems from his gratitude for basketball and likewise from his regard for Coach Pat Chambers. “He's a married man,” states Love. “He has a deep faith. And he loves the guys.”
Like me, Chambers is a client who appreciates Love's chiropractic care and his relationship. “It's not practically going in there and getting a modification,” he says. “He really appreciates you. And for me, with the pressure I'm under– due to the fact that I need to win– he's able to minimize that as a warm and kind individual you can talk with.”
Chambers remembers one particularly distressing loss from several years ago that left him essentially not able to move the next day. “I texted him and stated, ‘I'm hurt, I can't move, I need assistance.' Within an hour, he and Cindy came right to my house. And within a day, I was up moving again and back at practice. That's an effective story to me, however I do not desire individuals to think he does home calls.”
GREAT DAY CAFÉ IS HIS BRAINCHILD
Since Molly made her bachelor's degree and contended on the track group at UNC Wilmington, it was not unusual for the Loves to go to that Carolina beach neighborhood. On one such trip, they delighted in B itty & Beau's, a fantastic coffee bar that is staffed by handicapped adults. Already a Strawberry Fields booster, Roy knew the concept would deal with the heels of a comparable enterprise, the reuse shop called Scraps & Skeins.”I knew we could do this in State College,” states Love, “and I knew it would be exceptionally effective.”
And so, the next time Pasquinelli concerned his workplace, the chiropractor firmly insisted that she go to the site for Bitty & & Beau's. She did, and the procedure for launching Good Day Café had actually started. Says Pasquinelli, “Roy is one in a million! He is the stimulate that lit the fire to start Good Day Café.” As
for his ongoing commitment to the café, Love explains it this way: “We have a social blanket that assists those with impairments up until age 18. Once that's over, are you going to simply sit around for the rest of your life? Everybody wants to find a fulfilling task. I wish to see everyone in State College hold their conferences at Good Day Café.”
Pat Chambers is one leader who is currently on board with Love and the Strawberry Fields coffeehouse. “My one assistant coach, Keith Urgo, has a daughter with Downs,” says Chambers. “So with Roy pouring his heart into a cause like Good Day Café, that strikes home for us. He wants to make you feel better about yourself, and Good Day Café is a best example. The logo is generally a sun with a smile. That's who Roy and Cindy Love are. They wish to affect people in a favorable method, and I'm incredibly blessed to have them in my life.”
Roy Love has been offering chiropractic treatment to local homeowners given that 1986. (Photo provided by Cindy Love)