Good Day Café was certainly the very best place to fulfill Dr. Roy Love for coffee. After all, it was his idea to create this Strawberry Fields business to offer jobs for adults with intellectual impairments or mental health medical diagnoses. And he continues to be one of the café's essential boosters.
It was also a good time to sit down with this guy who enhances the function of State College spinal columns and supports almost as many Happy Valley causes. Not just had the café resumed simply 12 days earlier, but I had actually destroyed my little toe the night before.
Definitely I wouldn't request free medical guidance, would I? Obviously I would. So the great doctor confirmed my pinky toe was most likely broken, and he told me to simply tape it to the adjacent digit till it recovered.
With that achieved, I turned my attention to the male with the significant name and the stellar track record for social work. One of Love's constant clients for nearly seven years, (yes, I pay for workplace sees), I currently understood a lot about his practice and his community service. What I wanted to find out– and to share with you– was the why.
Why does this Lansdale native serve State College organizations 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 terrific joe to offer me with insights– and some amusing stories– that exposed the real Dr. Love. And later 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 wife who is also his office manager.
WHO IS THIS GUY?
My search for the essence of Roy Love (yes, KISS fans, “Calling Dr. Love!”) brought me quickly to the man's enthusiastic nature. As Cindy Pasquinelli puts it, “When Roy is in, he's all in.” Or as Cindy Love says, “He's just an extremely enthusiastic individual. He puts everything into it. In some cases I do not even understand how he does it all.”
Enthusiastic, yes, but also productive.
“I look at my mother and father and I realize I got Irish Catholic and Protestant German,” states Love. “When you speak about the melting pot of America, you've got a mommy who states, ‘Don't worry, every day is going to get much better; live your life to the maximum.' And you've got a hard-working German dad who says, ‘You've got to get this done. You've got God-given capability and you ‘d better take advantage of it.'”
In addition to his family tree, the 61-year old Love says he's been shaped by basketball, the sport he played until a shoulder injury ended the enjoyable a few years back.
“I'm a point player,” states Love, who was cut from his powerful high school group at Lansdale Catholic but played lunchtime pickup games for years on Penn State's campus. “I do not care if I score three points or if I score 20 points. The objective is for the group to win. And that's actually infused in me about assisting other individuals and making this place (the State College area) a better place.”
PERTAINING TO PENN STATE
It was 1978 when Love transferred to Penn State, having actually invested his first 2 years of college at the University of Delaware. Soon he began to meet a series of remarkable characters. The first was Dr. Steve Danish, a human development professor who taught a course in “Helping Relationships.” Danish, now a professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth, operated from a wheelchair but certainly was not limited by it.
“Everyone enjoyed him,” states Love, “and he guided me into the general field of helping professions. Perhaps that's where my viewpoint came from, that every person has a purpose in the world and that you have a duty to measure up to those God-given expectations.”
Influenced by Dr. Danish and other faculty members, Love states, “My education from Penn State was a world-class education.”
Meanwhile, the future chiropractic physician satisfied members of the neighborhood who were simply as interesting. For example, he and 3 pals rented spaces in 700 W. College Ave., a rooming house owned by business pioneer Glenn O. Hawbaker, Sr..” I truly didn't even know who he was,” says Love. “He was simply my property manager. When I returned here to work (in 1986), I realized he owned the largest building and construction company in main Pennsylvania. However when our heating system broke down, he would show up to repair it. And we utilized to have to pay our rent to Mrs. Hawbaker so she could see the kids face to face. One person could not bring four checks. All four had to pertain to pay the month-to-month rent.”
Lots of 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 lodging and meals. Which provided him a closeup view of Don Myers, the center's longtime owner.
“Mr. Myers was persnickety on every element of management of the place,” recalls Love, “and you realize that anybody who runs a good dining establishment has to be that way. One time I was dealing with a slow afternoon and a lot of the wives of businessmen remained in the lounge. Mr. Myers was consumed if there was a fly anywhere around; he ‘d constantly be walking around with pesticide spray. So, a fly arrived at the back of one girl's arm and I had a rolled up paper in my hand. All 3 of the other women nodded ‘yes,' so I smacked the fly on that woman's arm. She leapt up out of her chair, and they told that story for many years. The Autoport was an excellent place since it forced me into being a more social person and interacting with everyone.”
One day, the future Cindy Love entered the dining establishment to apply for a job. Coincidentally, Roy's mom was remaining at The Autoport while his dad participated in a conference at Penn State, and she saw Cindy catch her first glimpse of Roy. Mrs. Love gladly told her kid that Cindy “has eyes for you,” and soon the tourist attraction ended up being mutual. Not only did Cindy get worked with as a waitress, however she tied the knot with the future Dr. Love in 1983.
“She was simply a great individual– fun to be around, gorgeous, funny,” states Love. “And we were a great match. I couldn't be doing what I'm doing as a chiropractor without my other half as a support staff individual. Both people found out hospitality through The Autoport, and she is the world's biggest at knowing how you deal with individuals.”
Roy and Cindy Love picked to reside in Happy Valley as a geographical compromise, however the choice exercised well for raising kids. (Photo by Bill Horlacher)
RETURNING TO STATE COLLEGE
Love finished from the well-known Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985. Then he and Cindy faced an essential choice. Where should they set up their practice and raise their household? “I might have dealt with a very good chiropractic physician in southern Connecticut,” says Roy. “But I'll always remember Cindy saying, ‘Three hours from your parents and eight hours from mine. That's not gon na work.'”
State College proved to be a geographical compromise and a wonderful neighborhood for the Love household.
“It's the greatest location to raise kids,” says Roy, as he reviews the upbringing of Sean, 34, Collin, 29 and Molly, 26 (she's the newest chiropractic doctor 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 get back in your automobile and you're home in five minutes.”
Dr. Love's early years in State College needed effort to establish his practice, yet he still got involved with community activities. Initially he coached all of his kids' soccer and basketball teams up until they reached seventh grade. Next, he originated the concept for the Haunted Granary, a yearly fund-raiser for the Lemont Village Association, and he served on its board for many years. And then he chaired the board and raised the funds to start the Stan Yoder Preserve, a 15-acre property in Boalsburg that offers strolling courses and a lovely natural location.
BIG-TIME BOOSTER FOR STATE THEATRE
However no other local cause could catch Dr. Love's enthusiasm as totally as The State Theatre. He remembers being welcomed by local business owner Mike Negra to sign up with a group of folks who were considering a total restoration 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 center's grand opening on Dec. 14, 2006.
“I enjoy live music and I enjoy efficiency,” states the guy who has actually given or raised numerous thousands of dollars on behalf of the center. “I matured with an ability to go to little places outside of 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 slipping in and being in seats close to the stage. So we had excellent direct exposure to excellent artists. And we didn't have that type of venue in State College where there's an intimate setting with quality musicians. And now, we've had David Crosby, Graham Nash, some really phenomenal entertainers, and every seat in The State Theater is less than 30 lawns away from the stage.”
Great performances are important to the veteran chiropractic physician, however so are the relationships he has actually formed through the theatre. He'll certainly never forget Mr. and Mrs. Sid Friedman, owners of the structure and significant donors to the theater.
“I remember several times offering Mrs. Friedman my arm while strolling through the alley with Sid to the State Theater,” he states. “Then, maybe three or 4 years after the theater opened, Sid passed away and then Helen passed away perhaps two years after that. They were a wonderful couple who did so much for our neighborhood, especially The State Theatre. And the Friedman household continues to be a major benefit to the theatre.”
SERVING WITH DESMOND
Serving with The State Theatre also caused Love's relationship with Mike Desmond. Combined by Negra in 2001 since of their common interest in The State, the two have actually shared two multi-year stints on the theatre's board– and great deals of laughter. Asked to explain the Loves, Desmond informed me this: “Roy and Cindy Love continuously measure up to their name and reputation. They're caring and generous and thoughtful. And Roy has an element of the prankster.”
Some years ago, Love was playing Santa Claus at the Senior Center, and while still in outfit he decided to pay a prankster's visit to his brand-new good friend Mike Desmond. He likewise brought a prop– a bundle of coal. “I went to Hotel State College and said to Mike, ‘You've been a truly nasty bad kid. So all you deserve is coal.' And he didn't know who I was. I let it ride for about three weeks up until I informed him it was me. We became very good buddies after that.”
Desmond's account of the Santa event corresponds Love's, but he also tells another costume story that the medical professional forgot to point out. “We had an outfit party to support The State Theatre in the Autoport's main dining room. And Roy came as ‘The Man in the Shower.' If you can imagine this, he made a harness that rested on his back and discussed 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 curtain pulled so you might just see his legs from the knees down. And then he ‘d move open the curtain and there would be Roy in a shower cap, wearing a pair of shorts and holding a scrub brush. That was my all-time preferred Roy Love costume.”
Shown here at Good Day Café, Dr. Love continually urges organisation and community groups to collect at the coffee shop which is operated by Strawberry Fields. (Photo by Bill Horlacher)
ALL IN FOR PENN STATE BASKETBALL
Few fans have been more steadfast in supporting Nittany Lion men's basketball than Roy Love. Since he understands the context of the program, he's not one to get frustrated by the team's ups and downs. “Until this year (2019-20), they were always under-skilled over-achievers,” he says.
Love notes that his heart for the Lions originates from his gratitude for basketball and also from his regard for Coach Pat Chambers. “He's a family man,” says Love. “He has a deep faith. And he likes the people.”
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 states. “He truly appreciates you. And for me, with the pressure I'm under– since I require to win– he's able to minimize that as a warm and kind person you can talk with.”
Chambers recalls one particularly terrible loss from numerous years ago that left him virtually unable to move the next day. “I texted him and stated, ‘I'm hurt, I can't move, I require aid.' Within an hour, he and Cindy came right to my house. And within a day, I was up moving once again and back at practice. That's an effective story to me, however I don't want individuals to believe he does home calls.”
EXCELLENT DAY CAFÉ IS HIS BRAINCHILD
Due to the fact that Molly earned her bachelor's degree and contended on the track team at UNC Wilmington, it was not unusual for the Loves to check out that Carolina beach community. On one such trip, they delighted in B itty & Beau's, an amazing coffee shop that is staffed by disabled adults. Already a Strawberry Fields booster, Roy knew the principle would work on the heels of a similar business, the reuse shop called Scraps & Skeins.”I understood we might do this in State College,” states Love, “and I understood it would be exceptionally successful.”
And so, the next time Pasquinelli concerned his office, the chiropractor insisted that she check out the site for Bitty & & Beau's. She did, and the procedure for introducing Good Day Café had started. Says Pasquinelli, “Roy is one in a million! He is the spark that lit the fire to begin Good Day Café.” As
for his ongoing commitment to the café, Love discusses it by doing this: “We have a social blanket that assists those with specials needs up until age 18. Once that's over, are you going to simply sit around for the rest of your life? Everyone wishes to find a satisfying job. I would like to see everyone in State College hold their meetings at Good Day Café.”
Pat Chambers is one leader who is already on board with Love and the Strawberry Fields coffeehouse. “My one assistant coach, Keith Urgo, has a child with Downs,” states Chambers. “So with Roy pouring his heart into a cause like Good Day Café, that hits house for us. He wishes to make you feel much 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 want to affect individuals in a favorable method, and I'm extremely blessed to have them in my life.”
Roy Love has been supplying chiropractic treatment to local homeowners given that 1986. (Photo provided by Cindy Love)