Bitty and Beau’s in the Lehigh Valley
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Bitty and Beau’s is a small coffee shop that employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The store, which was originally called Bitty’s Cafe, is now called Bitty & Beau’s Coffee and they’re planning to expand to the Lehigh Valley and Auburn, Alabama. In addition, they are looking to partner with corporations to open their shops inside their offices.
Opening in Auburn
Earlier this month, the Auburn community celebrated the opening of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee. The coffee shop will be located in the new AuburnBank Center. This coffee shop provides gainful employment for people with disabilities.
Bitty and Beau’s is a coffee shop that has branches in 12 states. It is based in North Carolina. The shop is named after the owners’ two youngest children with Down syndrome. The owners have been advocates for people with disabilities.
Bitty and & Beau’s coffee shop has been featured on Good Morning America and CNN. The coffee shop provides one-of-a-kind customer service. Bitty and Beau’s also conducts group interviews. The staff writes personal messages on cups. The shop is open eight am to six pm.
The owners of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee want to change the way people see people with disabilities. They believe that if the community works together, people with disabilities can be included in the community.
Expanding to the Lehigh Valley
Among the many new businesses to arrive in the Lehigh Valley is a local coffeehouse. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, a spinoff of a popular chain in Nashville, is poised to make a splash in the Lehigh Valley. As the name suggests, the coffeehouse is a neighborhood spot. A recent ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted its newest venture, which will open this month in Bethlehem.
Bitty and Beau’s Coffee has over twenty locations across the United States, from Nashville to Boston to Ft. Lauderdale. The company aims to change the narrative about individuals with disabilities. They are also a force of inclusion, employing hundreds of people with disabilities in their coffee shops, restaurants and other retail venues. In addition to their coffeehouse, they partner with corporate entities to open shops in their headquarters.
Renaming to Bitty & Beau’s Coffee
Besides being a fun and friendly place to spend a little bit of your hard earned cash, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee has been a source of pride for founders Ben & Amy Wright. They opted for a business name that honors the company’s two eponymous children, Ben & Beau, who have Down syndrome. Their namesake store is a family-owned operation that employs forty people with disabilities. This quaint little coffee shop has earned a place in the hearts and minds of the locals.
The coffee shop is located at 462 Main Street in Melrose. It is open seven days a week from 7 am to 5 pm. The new location also has an impressive front and rear parking lot. The owners have a track record for hiring the best and brightest – a testament to their commitment to quality customer service and to the local community.
Employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Using a coffee shop to help people with disabilities find jobs is a little different. Despite the name, Bitty and Beau’s Coffee has a strong focus on hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is one of only a few businesses that do this in the United States.
The coffee shop has been featured in People, Southern Living Magazine, and the Rachael Ray Show. The coffee shop has also been supported by Dierks Bentley. Bitty and Beau’s has opened 23 shops in 12 states. They are planning to open a second location in Charleston, South Carolina in the fall of 2017.
Ben and Amy Wright, the owners of Bitty and Beau’s, started the coffee shop with the idea of making a place where people with disabilities could work. After discovering that 70% of adults with disabilities don’t have jobs, they decided to make a difference.