While being the proud parents of 4 children, Amy Wright and her husband decided to open up a coffee shop. But, this isn’t your average coffee shop. At their shop, customers experience more than just grabbing a cup of coffee. Their goal? To diminish the stereotype associated with individuals who were born with Down Syndrome.
In January 2016, the Wright family decided to make a change.
Bitty & Beau’s
Named after their 2 youngsters, “Bitty & Beau’s Coffee” wants to make a difference with how society views those with Down Syndrome. It’s so common to hear that those who have a learning disability are unemployed. Why? Because employers don’t want to take a chance on someone who could be the best worker they’ve ever had.
Amy Wright started Bitty & Beau’s to give those with disabilities a way to feel welcome in society. Customers who walk in are greeted with warm energy and a smile. This inspiring coffee shop is a place for anyone to relax and enjoy fine delicious coffee.
What better way to start off your day than this?
Originally opening in Wilmington, North Carolina, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is slowly starting to make its way as a chain throughout the South. Along with their two locations in Wilmington and Charleston, they recently opened up a new location in Savannah, Georgia.
Why the South? “Savannah has the same Southern charm as Wilmington and Charleston and we think it will be a great fit for us,” said co-founder Amy Wright. “One of the reasons we selected Charleston for our second location was the ability to reach tourists who had not yet heard about our mission, and we believe we’ll have the same impact in Savannah.”
Without a doubt, Wright and her family are making a large impact. Just this year, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order that declared North Carolina an “employment first” state. This means, that anyone who is able to work, with or without disabilities, can find a job. In fact, several other states are starting to take the same steps.
Way to set such an incredible trend, Wright family!