Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is an inclusive coffee shop whose mission is to be a “place where diversity isn’t just appreciated, it’s celebrated,” according to their website. Each shop stands as a warm beacon of acceptance in any city it’s nestled in, and the Homewood location, opened on Nov. 11, is no exception.
This unique coffee shop, with a commitment to providing meaningful employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is not just a place to savor fresh coffee, but also proof of the power of compassion.
Founded in 2016 by Amy and Ben Wright in North Carolina, the coffee franchise now employs over 400 people with disabilities across the United States. The Wrights were inspired by their own children with disabilities, and after learning that 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed nationwide, the couple decided to open the first ever Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop, named after their two children with Down syndrome.
Customers at Bitty & Beau’s are not only treated to a selection of coffee and pastries, but also to the infectious enthusiasm of the staff. The website proudly states, “It’s more than a cup of coffee; it’s a human rights movement.” Each visit becomes an opportunity to contribute to this movement and to be part of a community that values inclusivity and diversity.
Bitty & Beau’s Homewood shop is located right across the street from the Exceptional Foundation, a non-profit that serves local individuals with disabilities.
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is more than a coffee shop; it’s a testament to the power of compassion, community and the belief that everyone deserves a chance to shine. As you sip on your favorite brew at Bitty & Beau’s, you’re not just enjoying coffee; you’re contributing to a movement that strives to redeem how society views and values individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities — one cup at a time.