Good Day Café was certainly the best place to fulfill Dr. Roy Love for coffee. After all, it was his concept to develop this Strawberry Fields enterprise to supply tasks for adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health diagnoses. And he continues to be among the café's key boosters.
It was also a great time to sit down with this male who enhances the function of State College spinal columns and supports practically as many Happy Valley causes. Not only had the café resumed simply 12 days earlier, however I had actually destroyed my little toe the night before.
Surely I would not ask for complimentary medical recommendations, would I? Of course I would. So the great medical professional confirmed my pinky toe was most likely broken, and he told me to simply tape it to the adjacent digit until it recovered.
With that achieved, I turned my attention to the male with the notable name and the stellar reputation for social work. Among Love's constant clients for almost seven years, (yes, I spend for workplace check outs), I already knew a lot about his practice and his community service. What I wanted to discover– and to show you– was the why.
Why does this Lansdale native serve State College companies as different as Strawberry Fields is from the State Theater? And why does he devote such energy to many causes when his chiropractic practice is currently quite demanding?
It only took an hour and a cup of excellent joe to offer me with insights– and some entertaining stories– that exposed the real Dr. Love. And later I supplemented my interview with comments from four others who understand him well– Cindy Pasquinelli, CEO of Strawberry Fields; Pat Chambers, head coach of Penn State males's basketball; Mike Desmond, a previous co-owner of Hotel State College; and Cindy Love, Roy's wife who is likewise his office manager.
WHO IS THIS GUY?
My look for the essence of Roy Love (yes, KISS fans, “Calling Dr. Love!”) brought me quickly to the guy's enthusiastic nature. As Cindy Pasquinelli puts it, “When Roy is in, he's all in.” Or as Cindy Love says, “He's simply a really enthusiastic person. He puts whatever into it. Often I do not even understand how he does it all.”
Passionate, yes, but also efficient.
“I look at my mom and dad and I realize I got Irish Catholic and Protestant German,” states Love. “When you discuss the melting pot of America, you've got a mama who says, ‘Don't fret, every day is going to get better; live your life to the max.' And you've got a hard-working German father who says, ‘You've got to get this done. You've got God-given ability and you ‘d much better make the most of it.'”
In addition to his lineage, the 61-year old Love states he's been formed by basketball, the sport he played till a shoulder injury ended the fun a couple of years earlier.
“I'm a point guard,” states Love, who was cut from his effective high school group at Lansdale Catholic however played lunch break pickup games for years on Penn State's school. “I do not care if I score three points or if I score 20 points. The objective is for the team to win. Which's actually instilled in me about helping other individuals and making this location (the State College location) a better place.”
PERTAINING TO PENN STATE
It was 1978 when Love moved to Penn State, having invested his first 2 years of college at the University of Delaware. Quickly he started to satisfy a series of fascinating personalities. The first was Dr. Steve Danish, a human advancement teacher who taught a course in “Helping Relationships.” Danish, now a teacher emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth, ran from a wheelchair however certainly was not restricted by it.
“Everyone enjoyed him,” states Love, “and he guided me into the basic field of assisting professions. Possibly that's where my philosophy originated from, that every human being has a purpose in the world which you have an obligation to measure 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 specialist fulfilled members of the community who were just as intriguing. For instance, he and 3 pals leased rooms in 700 W. College Ave., a rooming home owned by organisation leader Glenn O. Hawbaker, Sr..” I really didn't even know who he was,” says Love. “He was simply my proprietor. When I returned here to work (in 1986), I recognized he owned the largest construction company in main Pennsylvania. But when our heating system broke down, he would appear to repair it. And we used to need to pay our lease to Mrs. Hawbaker so she could see the kids in person. One person couldn't bring 4 checks. All 4 had to come to pay the regular monthly rent.”
Many Penn Staters worked their method through college in the great old days, and Love was no exception. In 1979, he took a bartending job at The Autoport, then a premier area for accommodations and meals. Which provided him a closeup view of Don Myers, the facility's longtime owner.
“Mr. Myers was persnickety on every component of management of the place,” remembers Love, “and you realize that anybody who runs an excellent restaurant has to be that method. One time I was working on a sluggish afternoon and a bunch of the spouses of entrepreneurs remained in the lounge. Mr. Myers was obsessed if there was a fly anywhere around; he ‘d always be walking around with pesticide spray. So, a fly arrived on the back of one woman's arm and I had a rolled up newspaper in my hand. All 3 of the other girls nodded ‘yes,' so I smacked the fly on that woman's arm. She jumped up out of her chair, and they told that story for years. The Autoport was a terrific place because it required me into being a more social person and interacting with everyone.”
One day, the future Cindy Love entered into the dining establishment to look for a job. Coincidentally, Roy's mother was staying at The Autoport while his father participated in a conference at Penn State, and she saw Cindy capture her very first look of Roy. Mrs. Love gladly informed her kid that Cindy “has eyes for you,” and quickly the destination became shared. Not just did Cindy get hired as a waitress, but she got married with the future Dr. Love in 1983.
“She was just an excellent individual– enjoyable to be around, gorgeous, funny,” states Love. “And we were an excellent match. I couldn't be doing what I'm doing as a chiropractic practitioner without my partner as a support staff individual. Both of us learned hospitality through The Autoport, and she is the world's biggest at understanding how you treat individuals.”
Roy and Cindy Love picked to reside in Happy Valley as a geographical compromise, however the option worked out well for raising kids. (Photo by Bill Horlacher)
RETURNING TO STATE COLLEGE
Love graduated from the well-known Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985. Then he and Cindy faced a key decision. Where should they set up their practice and raise their household? “I could have worked with an excellent chiropractor in southern Connecticut,” says Roy. “But I'll never forget Cindy stating, ‘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 a fabulous community for the Love family.
“It's the greatest place to raise kids,” says Roy, as he reviews the childhood of Sean, 34, Collin, 29 and Molly, 26 (she's the most recent chiropractor in the Love practice). “You have a terrific first-rate high school. You have hiking and fishing. And after you expose your kids to culture, you return in your vehicle and you're home in 5 minutes.”
Dr. Love's early years in State College needed hard work to develop his practice, yet he still got involved with neighborhood activities. Initially he coached all of his kids' soccer and basketball groups up until they reached seventh grade. Next, he originated the idea for the Haunted Granary, a yearly fund-raiser for the Lemont Village Association, and he served on its board for many years. And after that he chaired the board and raised the funds to start the Stan Yoder Preserve, a 15-acre property in Boalsburg that offers walking paths and a charming natural location.
BIG-TIME BOOSTER FOR STATE THEATRE
However no other regional cause might record Dr. Love's passion as totally as The State Theatre. He remembers being invited by local entrepreneur Mike Negra to join a group of folks who were considering a complete renovation of the old film theatre at 130 W. College Ave. Predictably enough, Love was “all in” then and remains that method today, long after the rebuilt center's grand opening on Dec. 14, 2006.
“I like live music and I enjoy efficiency,” says the man who has actually offered or raised numerous thousands of dollars on behalf of the center. “I matured with a capability to go to small venues beyond Philadelphia and see the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt. And we lived near the Temple Music Festival, so from age 14 on, my friends and I were brave about sneaking in and being in seats close to the stage. So we had fantastic exposure to fantastic musicians. And we didn't have that type of venue in State College where there's an intimate setting with quality artists. Today, we've had David Crosby, Graham Nash, some truly remarkable performers, and every seat in The State Theater is less than 30 backyards far from the stage.”
Great performances are necessary to the veteran chiropractic specialist, but so are the relationships he has formed through the theatre. He'll certainly never forget Mr. and Mrs. Sid Friedman, owners of the building and major donors to the theater.
“I remember multiple times providing Mrs. Friedman my arm while walking through the alley with Sid to the State Theater,” he states. “Then, possibly three or 4 years after the theater opened, Sid passed away and then Helen died maybe two years after that. They were a wonderful couple who did so much for our community, particularly The State Theatre. And the Friedman family continues to be a significant benefit to the theatre.”
SERVING WITH DESMOND
Serving with The State Theatre likewise caused Love's friendship with Mike Desmond. Combined by Negra in 2001 since of their common interest in The State, the two have shared 2 multi-year stints on the theatre's board– and lots of laughter. Asked to describe the Loves, Desmond informed me this: “Roy and Cindy Love continually measure up to their name and reputation. They're caring and generous and gracious. And Roy has a component of the prankster.”
Some years ago, Love was playing Santa Claus at the Senior Center, and while still in costume he chose to pay a prankster's visit to his new pal Mike Desmond. He likewise brought a prop– a package of coal. “I went to Hotel State College and stated to Mike, ‘You've been a really nasty bad young boy. So all you are worthy of is coal.' And he didn't know who I was. I let it ride for about three weeks till I told him it was me. We became excellent pals after that.”
Desmond's account of the Santa incident corresponds Love's, but he also informs another outfit story that the medical professional forgot to mention. “We had an outfit party 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 attached 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 after that he ‘d slide open the drape and there would be Roy in a shower cap, using a pair of shorts and holding a scrub brush. That was my all-time preferred Roy Love outfit.”
Shown here at Good Day Café, Dr. Love constantly prompts service and community groups to collect at the coffee shop which is run by Strawberry Fields. (Photo by Bill Horlacher)
ALL IN FOR PENN STATE BASKETBALL
Couple of fans have actually been more steadfast in supporting Nittany Lion males's basketball than Roy Love. Since he understands the context of the program, he's not one to get irritated by the team'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,” says Love. “He has a deep faith. And he enjoys the guys.”
Like me, Chambers is a patient who values Love's chiropractic care and his relationship. “It's not practically entering there and getting a change,” he says. “He really cares about you. And for me, with the pressure I'm under– because I need to win– he's able to ease that as a warm and kind individual you can talk with.”
Chambers recalls one particularly traumatic loss from several years ago that left him essentially not able to move the next day. “I texted him and said, ‘I'm harmed, I can't move, I need help.' 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 a powerful story to me, but I don't desire people to think he does home calls.”
GREAT DAY CAFÉ IS HIS BRAINCHILD
Because Molly made her bachelor's degree and completed on the track team at UNC Wilmington, it was not unusual for the Loves to go to that Carolina beach community. On one such journey, they enjoyed B itty & Beau's, a fabulous coffee bar that is staffed by disabled grownups. Already a Strawberry Fields booster, Roy understood the concept would deal with the heels of a comparable business, the reuse store called Scraps & Skeins.”I understood we might do this in State College,” says Love, “and I understood it would be incredibly effective.”
And so, the next time Pasquinelli concerned his office, the chiropractor insisted that she visit the website for Bitty & & Beau's. She did, and the procedure for releasing Good Day Café had begun. States Pasquinelli, “Roy is one in a million! He is the spark that lit the fire to begin Good Day Café.” As
for his continuous dedication to the café, Love describes it this way: “We have a social blanket that helps those with disabilities till age 18. Once that's over, are you going to just sit around for the rest of your life? Everybody wants to find a fulfilling job. I would like to see everyone in State College hold their meetings at Good Day Café.”
Pat Chambers is one leader who is currently on board with Love and the Strawberry Fields coffee bar. “My one assistant coach, Keith Urgo, has a child with Downs,” says Chambers. “So with Roy putting his heart into a cause like Good Day Café, that hits home for us. He wants to make you feel better about yourself, and Good Day Café is an ideal example. The logo is basically a sun with a smile. That's who Roy and Cindy Love are. They want to affect individuals in a favorable method, and I'm exceptionally blessed to have them in my life.”
Roy Love has been providing chiropractic treatment to local homeowners given that 1986. (Photo provided by Cindy Love)