I'm a creature of habit. Mornings are about a quick breakfast, a trip to the gym, and home to shower before the next set of activities. I rarely deviate from this schedule; however, today I changed my routine and stopped at an independent coffee shop.
Not just any shop, either. Sam Malek, the owner of More Than Coffee, is a celebrity in the St. Louis area. Sam, who has cerebral palsy, has been running his store for almost a year now. He was born in Egypt, came to the US as a child and was helped by the Shriners. In appreciation of all the help he's received, he donates a portion of the sales each month to local charities. He also hires people with special needs to work in the shop.
Back in the fall some of his patrons organized Sam's Day to honor him and his ideas. According to the local media, thousands of people came on that day. I wanted to go then, but didn't, then somehow never got around to it (even though I drive by the kiosk every day).
When I drove up to the kiosk today, there were several cars in the drive-through lane waiting for their order. I decided to get out of my car and approach on foot. The workers couldn't have been nicer! I was asked what I wanted in my coffee (cream and sweetener), and it was prepared perfectly. Sam started telling me all the options I had if I came at lunchtime, and I started getting hungry even though it was only 9:15 in the morning!
This may have been my first visit to More Than Coffee, but it won't be my last.