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Loyal customer steps up to help hometown coffee shop impacted by COVID-19

When Fante's Coffee Shop was on the brink of closing its doors, one customer stepped up to help in a tough time.

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With fewer customers during the pandemic, Fante's Coffee Shop in Louisville was on the brink of closing its doors.

But owner Leo Fante fought hard to keep his staff employed.

"We didn't have a drive-thru and we really didn't have curbside or any of that. We just closed," Fante said. "I don't want to lay my people off. We want to keep them employed."

Little did Fante know, a loyal customer was paying attention to their challenges and decided to do something about it.

"We had a gentleman come in, Chris Dangler, who's one of our regular customers who comes in, he enjoys the space and he does a lot of work here," Fante said. "The next thing I know, without my knowledge, he comes in and donates $1,000. Then he came back and said, 'How's it going?' I said, 'Really well.' He said, 'I'd like to do another $1,500.'"

The generous customer’s reasoning was simple. He wanted to spread some joy to the staff and their customers during a tough time.

"In the holiday season, especially right now, giving back and taking care of other people that are less fortunate in our community should be something we all do every single day," Fante said.