STATEN ISLAND - Aside from a dose of caffeine, a cup of coffee can do wonders at the cozy Beans & Leaves Cafè on Staten Island.
A frame on the wall is plastered with post-it notes that can either be a customer's little pick-me-up or the reason their entire day is made.
Customers pay it forward by spending $1 dollar for a sticky note that anyone can then rip off and bring to the register to apply to a cup of Joe.
It doesn't matter if the person on the receiving end lost their job or if they're just having a bad day— the coffee shop will take care of the remaining balance.
"Even if you're in need of a piece of food, we will not discriminate," Coppola said. "We will do whatever we can to help."
This small gesture, paired with mighty words of encouragement, can go a long way and it's all in honor of John Flanagan, a 23-year-old employee who passed away in 2016.
It's the cafe's way of commemorating him while giving back to the community, a community that's become a second family to many.
Linda Gordon stops by every day.
"It's my ‘Cheers,’ Gordon said. "Everybody knows my name. I come in, I get my stuff, and say, ‘Hi.’ It's just an amazing place to be."