Good Time Coffee is closing after 18 years of service to Beach Hill. Ben was kind enough to call me yesterday to let me know. He tried to keep going with takeout only for a while, but COVID-19 made it impossible.
Of course, the coffee shop is a real loss to the regulars for whom it was a clean, comfortable, reliable and affordable “living room” extension of their own homes.
George Barnewall and I met there almost every Thursday, for many years, until George died last year.
We will feel the absence of Ben and Lisa from our neighbourhood even more. Danica and I like them a lot and we know they like us, too.
Nothing will dim my admiration for the couple’s enterprising enthusiasm, work ethic, business sense and reliability. They put in incredibly long hours. If there was a break in demand for coffee and meals, that was an opportunity to sweep and mop and wipe down tables and chairs. They took care of us, and almost always with smiles. Let’s face it, some of our locals can be a challenge on occasion, but Ben and Lisa could exert diplomatic control, when needed.
Ben has no immediate plans for next steps, other than to visit his family in China for a couple of months when travel is possible again. They are all well.
Whatever Ben and Lisa do choose to do next, they will succeed and prosper, as they so richly deserve to do. I have the greatest respect for what they gave to Beach Hill for so long. Pity it could not have been even longer.