Some coffee shops have stopped hiring employees as the U.S. economy slows down.
Others have shuttered entire cafés or laid off staff entirely.
Now, as the economy improves and more jobs are being added, workers are speaking up.
Here’s a look at how some of these workers are navigating their own economic realities.
Dale McManus, the owner of Dale McManum’s Cafe in Seattle, said he started taking calls about a year ago after he received a message that his business had closed down.
He said he called his wife and he tried to explain that it was all because of Obamacare.
“I’m not sure what the answer was, so I asked her,” he said.
McManus said he has been unable to get back into the business and has had to close the cafe.
He said his wife has not been able to work at the cafe for more than a month.
Daryl Pritchard, who owns a restaurant called The Cafe at the Washington State Fair in Eugene, Ore., said he was laid off last month when the economic downturn hit and the company went into bankruptcy protection.
He now relies on a handful of workers to stay afloat and said he’s struggling financially.
The restaurant was closed on Jan. 11 because it was facing a shortfall in its payroll, he said, and the workers were unable to find jobs that would pay enough to keep them going.
Pritchard said he had been working a part-time job as a cook at his local fast food chain for more years than he could remember and was able to save enough money to buy a house in Seattle.
Now, he and his wife have been working at the restaurant full-time for two weeks to help with rent and other expenses.
They said they’re struggling to find another job and said they are considering taking their family to live in a tent.
In Washington, the state government has said it is considering providing cash aid to businesses that have shut down.
More: A Starbucks chain store in Seattle closed down earlier this month, with the company saying it was closing down because of the recession.
The store was closed for a week after workers at its coffee shop walked out in protest.
At a coffee company in Portland, Ore.
called Caffe Borgia, workers said they were being laid off after the company lost a $300,000 contract to a smaller, local coffee company.
The company said the contract was canceled because the company’s business model is unsustainable.
Workers said they received notice from the company that it would shut down its doors for two more weeks after the state of Washington approved a law that would allow for a six-week grace period for companies to apply for relief from unemployment benefits.
The Oregon state Department of Labor and Industries has been working with the Oregon Labor Council, the company said, but it did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A coffee shop in the Seattle area said it closed down after it was hit by a virus and is now closing down for good.
It was the fourth time in five years that Caffe Bergia has shut down and the fifth time in the past five years it has been shut down, said owner Paul Sibilich.
He added that he had hoped the company would be able to find a way to reopen and reopen.
Last year, Sibelich closed the shop down for two days to avoid paying for overtime and was offered another job at another coffee shop.
Sibelserich said he couldn’t afford to do it and was forced to close.
Sibelsers company, which employs about 100 people, announced that it has laid off about 80 employees, including 30 full-timers.
Coffee shops and restaurants are becoming less common in cities like Portland, Oregon, as more of the economy shifts to hospitality and online shopping.
That trend has caused a shift among some of the workers in these communities.
At Caffe Cambi, which opened in 2007, some employees said they did not feel safe working in restaurants, saying they felt like they were on the edge of the world.
For Sibeltich, a retired teacher, the recession made things worse.
He is currently on disability and said that the economic impact on his family has been devastating.
He has been caring for his father, who has diabetes and is unable to work.
Sigal said the recession has made the work life difficult.
When the recession hits, they’re just going to be left out of the workforce and will be stuck on a support system.
That’s what they’ve been dealing with for the last four years.
But there are some other people who are getting the message that they can still get jobs, said Sibellich.
Evan Wertheim, who was at Caffe