Joe Moscato had a dream to provide a venue where he could serve excellent coffee, baked goods and light, healthy fare while providing an atmosphere where spiritually minded people could gather and share their knowledge, experiences and hopes for a better world.
In March 2013 that dream began to come true when Joe opened The Enchanted Cafe in the village of Red Hook, NY in Dutchess County, NY. The store’s unique blend of good food and coffee, interesting presentations on both paranormal and metaphysical topics, combined with an artistic and peaceful decor has steadily gained a local following.
Several evenings a week the store hosts original events organized by highly talented local teachers and practitioners on topics ranging from Shamanism, Bigfoot and UFO disclosure to local Native traditions, Psychic Development and Reiki intensives.
Regionally known psychic Johnny Angel is regularly featured in his popular Psychic Dinner format at the cafe and Joe recently introduced a Game Night for those folks who just want to meet other like minded people in an informal setting.
Other times, Joe has provided the space for people to view televised political debates and talk together about possible futures for the world.
The venue has also become popular with students from nearby Bard College who come in to take a break with friends in a peaceful atmosphere that’s removed from some of the more rowdy haunts offered to students in other places. “It’s calmer, more adult here,” said one.
The additional features of a decent used book selection for sale and free WiFi are also good incentives. Local teachers and businessmen mingle with students in an eclectic mix of customers.
Overall, The Enchanted Cafe has been doing well, as Joe says, “It’s about breaking even.” However, he would like to be able to offer the public more, and in order to do that he needs to make some improvements in the store. “It’s just a matter of having a little more to be able to offer more,” Joe said. “I literally sink every dollar I make back into the business, so it’s not a matter of profit.”
Basically, the kitchen needs new equipment and Joe wants to improve the interior of the cafe in order to make it even more inviting and beautiful. He is also looking to hire a full time chef that could devote him/herself to the already excellent menu featured by the cafe.
That way Joe could devote himself to further developing the programming at the cafe, which according to him is his “true love.”
Joe has created a GoFundMe page to help make financial contributions easier. Just last week, the cafe reached its first financial goal and Joe has been able to start some of the kitchen renovations, which is a very good way to begin the year.
In the meantime, The Enchanted Cafe is continuing to offer its signature coffee/espresso drinks (voted the best in Red Hook last year), special menu, baked goods and excellent upcoming events which are listed on its website.
For more information on how you can help Joe make his dream, The Enchanted Cafe even better, keep track of the cafe on Facebook, or just stop by, get a coffee, a muffin and give him a donation in person. The Enchanted Cafe is really about you, the customer. By helping Joe, you’re helping yourself.