continued His business survived the worst of the recent recession. Godard provides coffee to Pastabilities, among a few other restaurants in the area.
“Our strength is that we’re an affordable luxury,” he said. “I know it’s a buzzword, but our biggest thing is that we treat our customers well. In my mind, having that coffee break is a sacred moment during everyone’s day. I think that makes us recession-proof, because it’s the highlight of a lot of people’s day. We want our customers to see our sincere passion, diligence and respect.”
Godard said he volunteers at a few places, such as the Eastwood Chamber of Commerce and the Eastwood Neighborhood Association.
Becky Benedict, a 24-year-old Syracuse resident, is an employee at the Eastwood location on James Street. She’s been there seven months, and said she enjoys her job.
“I just really like interacting with people and seeing the customers,” she said.
A woman she was serving on Dec. 28, who declined to be identified, said the coffee was great and the atmosphere is inviting.
Godard said he’d like to take advantage of any realistic opportunity for his business in the future, but he won’t go too far.
“We do benefit from all this,” he said, pointing around the small, quaint store on James Street where the cafe got its start. “But we’re not in it to benefit, we’re in it for the benefit. When it’s good, it’s great.”
Neil Benjamin Jr. is an editor/reporter for The Eagle. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.