Bean There Cafe on Reynolds Street, which grew to become one of the oldest cafes in Oakville, will be closing its doors this month after 26 years in business.
The beloved cafe, which opened in January of 1995, was best known for its specialty coffees, gourmet loose leaf teas and lunch specials, making it a staple in the town for many of its residents.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an in-person send-off was not possible, which is why former employee Katie Taft started a GoFundMe page to thank the cafe’s owner, Brett Titus and his wife, Lambrina Nikolaou.
“Since we can’t gather in person for a big send-off, let’s use this GoFundMe as a small way to “virtually” wish Brett and Lambrina well as they embark on their next chapter,” Taft wrote on the fundraiser page, who shared that Titus was her very first boss.
“There are very few people who understand the sense of the word “community” like Brett and Lambrina. Brett taught me a lot about the person that I wanted to be “when I grow up” when I was 16-years-old.”
According to Taft, the cafe has always had a “remarkable way of bringing people together” and making people feel at home.
“Brett showed me first-hand over the years how to treat people with respect and how a little bit of kindness and an open ear over coffee can go a long way.”
In only one day, the fundraiser page has already raised over $3,700.
Photo: GoFundMe page