Coffee shop vandalized; community shows support
On the morning of July 5, Coffee Barn co-owner Drew Delbridge received a FaceTime call from one of his employees, asking him "not to freak out." The employee showed him a busted-out window, straws scattered on the ground and a shattered pastry case.
He told the employee to call the police and rushed to Newberg from his home in Molalla. When Delbridge arrived he was relieved to learn that nothing was stolen. Delbridge and his father replaced the window that day and police told him they arrested the suspect and charged him with vandalism.
"At first, I thought it was some kind of message to us because we were new owners," Delbridge said. "But it turns out that couldn't be further from the truth. By the time I got there, the police said they already arrested the guy and he was a transient from Seattle who's had past issues with drugs and vandalism. When I heard that my mood switched from being upset to feeling bad for whoever it was and hoping they get the help they need."
Delbridge, teaming with his younger brother Ty, purchased the coffee shop from its previous owners earlier this year. The shop is an expansion of their Molalla-based business, Cowboy Coffee, which has a drive-thru shop and sit-down location.
After Delbridge posted photos of the vandalism, an outpouring of support came in for the business on Facebook and dozens of customers showed up to the shop in the ensuing days. New customers showed their support by leaving behind significant tips on top of buying products, a financial and emotional welcome to the Newberg area by people who saw the Facebook post.
"It was a really cool thing to see how supportive they were of us," Delbridge said. "They would tip us extra too to help pay for the window. Honestly, this was one of the better things that could have happened to us. It went from really discouraging that morning to being encouraged that this is where we're supposed to be. The people in Newberg are really friendly and love to support local business."
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