Proudly employing and empowering 350+ individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD), North Carolina based coffee shop Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is opening one of its newest franchises in Ann Arbor!
Opening this summer at 305 S. Main Street, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is thrilled to begin hiring anyone (16+) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. No prior experience necessary. Those interested in the management team are also encouraged to reach out.
Brewing up more than just delicious drinks, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop. The shop is run primarily by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and provides a one-of-a-kind experience that is changing the way people view those with disabilities.
“We created Bitty & Beau’s Coffee to show the world that people with disabilities should be valued, accepted and included members of society, especially in the workplace,” said Amy Wright. “It’s a place where diversity is not just appreciated, it’s celebrated.”
Amy and Ben Wright founded Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in 2016, in honor of their two youngest children, Bitty & Beau, who have Down syndrome. With approximately 80% of people with IDD unemployed nationwide, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee creates a path for people with IDD to become more valued, accepted and included in every community.
About Bitty and Beau’s Coffee:
Founded in January 2016, the original Beau’s Coffee opened with a team of 19 in a 500 square foot space in Wilmington, North Carolina. The company quickly grew to become Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, a beloved national brand. With six existing stores and franchises opening across the United States, they look forward to bringing a Bitty & Beau’s Coffee to every community. As featured on The Today Show, Bloomberg, USA Today, TIME, Good Morning America, HLN, People Magazine, FOX News, Dr. Oz and Southern Living Magazine. Founder, Amy Wright, was named 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.