Respect the coffee supply and the community with help from DCP

WILKES-BARRE – Abide Coffeehouse offers high quality coffee to local residents, but that’s not all.

Owner Lafe Isaacson, 34, is not from the area, although he is very happy to be a part of it. He spent about 30 years in Southern California, in Huntington Beach to be exact. However, his wife was born and raised in the canton of Hanover. When his wife decided to return home, he moved in with her and they opened up Abide.

Isaacson says the goal was to bring “modern coffee” to the area, but this “coffee community” in Wilkes-Barre has enabled more than that.

“I am a pastor and a Christian,” he said, “so I want to be involved in people’s lives and love and serve them just as Christ loved us and served us, and I want to continue to love us, to serve us. and directing ourselves and thus opening a cafe was a way to get involved in the community not to push my agenda, but to meet people from completely different backgrounds and to get to know people.

Isaacson says his shop sees people from all walks of life who can sit down and get to know each other, regardless of their beliefs. One of his clients is from Mecca, considered to be the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. Some of his other clients are “very pious Jewish individuals.”

And Isaacson says, “We all get along because of the coffee.”

And he explains, “We all meet in this area and I can connect with them, talk to them and they share their worldview. I share my worldviews and most of the time that’s exactly where it stays, because like I said, we’re not pushy like, “Hey, Jesus! “

“We just want to talk about what excites us, and I love learning what makes other people passionate. “

But it’s not just the mutual and open sharing of ideals – the “really, very good real and meaningful conversation” that Abide offers.

“And it’s great to be a part of Wilkes-Barre and invest in Wilkes-Barre and want to see little changes,” said Isaacson.

Isaacson believes that the “small change” can have a lot more of an impact on an individual, and he’s adamant about investing in people. He said, “You know, a lot of places will be like,” You know, we raised a thousand dollars and we gave it to a big organization and now we’re going to be able to buy a box of pencils for a hundred school children, ‘ or something like that. It’s like I’d much rather have a thousand dollars and help a kid finish school and make a difference.

And differences have been made, especially in collaboration with organizations like Diamond City Partners.

“Dude, DCP is awesome,” Isaacson said.

He said their desire to be in the community for the long haul is the first thing that comes to mind. “They’re not just ‘show up and explode.’… They’re here for the long-term fruit of Wilkes-Barre, and I think that’s evident since we opened.

He spoke at length about DCP’s willingness to reach out, help, be open to ideas, and support local business owners. He says a grant received through DCP paid for outdoor seating, which not only adds “downtown beauty” but extends Abide’s welcoming environment to the outdoors. of its doors.

Isaacson says he has no business experience, and although he says Abide’s continued success, even surviving the pandemic is a “testament to God’s provision,” he also says of the DCP, “They are always there with a detailed email or phone call just to support downtown businesses and we have been very blessed.

Currently, Abide, which will complete its third year of activity on April 1, 2022, offers its Christmas menu until December 31. The winter menu will start on January 1st.

Lafe says the constantly changing seasonal menu is what really sets Abide apart. Well, that and the awesome “modern cafe” that brings the community together, facing a culture that Isaacson says is “98% of trying to divide people.” “

Abide, located at 23 W. Market St., currently operates Monday through Friday from 7:45 am to 1 pm. On Tuesday, Abide opens at the same time and closes at 4 p.m.

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