I first met Mary Young when I moved to Toledo over 10 years ago and I went to turn on my power. A few years later Mary and her family offered to take our son for three days while my husband and I attended a mandatory pre-adoption training in Portland, which resulted in the adoption of our second child. Over the years, although we have not always seen things eye to eye, I have continued to be impressed with her commitment to the community and her heart-felt love for Toledo.
One thing that has impressed me the most is the number of things she does that are not required. She has assisted and lead in fundraisers for countless people struck by illness or homeless due to a house fire or other disaster to only name a few. She has served on committees, boards and focus groups. She has given of her time, effort and money to every cause, every fundraiser and stepped forward whenever asked to assist with anything in this community.
On several occasions I have walked past her coffee shop with my two dogs. I am not a fancy coffee drinker, I don’t drink mochas and latte’s and rarely if ever buy my kids the smoothies and iced drinks offered at many coffee shops. So, not being what can even be considered an irregular customer, I am always surprised when the window pops open and a smiling face looks out and says, “Do your dogs want a treat?”
I don’t currently know of any causes needing donations, I don’t know anyone with severe medical problems or dying, my house has not burned and overall today I am well. This time it’s not a request for even more of Mary Taylor’s time or money. I believe Mary must get hundreds of thank you cards and letters but I want to use this way to say thank you for all that you have done to make the community I live in better. Thank you for the happy smile when I drive by your business, even when I do not stop and buy anything.
I can say with full confidence that if you stop to buy coffee at Mill Town Coffee, you are buying more than what is in the cup. You not only get a good coffee, you are supporting someone who loves Toledo, a business owner that gives back for the better of all, and you get the good feeling of buying from a business with integrity.