Bitty & Beau’s isn’t just any old coffee shop… and we are so excited it’s finally making it’s way to Massachusetts!
Bitty & Beau’s, a coffee shop that is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is opening up a new location in Melrose this Saturday. The coffee shop was started by Amy Wright and her family, with the goal to advocate for inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities. The brand was named after their two children with Down syndrome, Bitty and Beau, and it was first launched in 2016 in Wilmington, NC.
“With over 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities unemployed nationwide, Beau’s Coffee created a path for people with disabilities to become more valued, accepted and included in every community. In July 2016, Beau’s Coffee was renamed Bitty & Beau’s Coffee (Beau’s 12th birthday wish was to have his little sister’s name put up in lights, too) and moved to a 5,000 sq/ft building that now serves as both a local coffee house and national headquarters,” states the website. It currently employs 120 people with disabilities.
The new shop is located at 462 Main Street in Melrose and will be open daily from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. A Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will happen this Saturday, August 28 at 10 a.m. Click here to read the full story and for more information on Bitty & Beau’s Coffee!