This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast: Amy Wright, Founder and CEO of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop in Wilmington, NC!
A Fresh Idea
Amy married “Mr. Wright” 26 years ago. They’re the proud parents of four children – the two youngest, Bitty & Beau, having Down syndrome – which makes them feel like the luckiest people on the planet. As advocates for the value, inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Wrights have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for their children and others living with disabilities. The Wrights opened the original Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, January 2016 in Wilmington, NC.
Beans And Beyond
The original Beau’s Coffee opened January 2016 in a 500 square foot space in Wilmington, NC. The original shop was run by 19 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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. In February 2018, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee opened a second shop in Charleston, SC and in January 2019, a third shop opened in Savannah, GA. A fourth shop is slated to open in Annapolis, MD fall 2019. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee currently employs 80 people with disabilities and has been featured on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, CNN, Harry, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, HLN, People Magazine and Southern Living Magazine. Founder, Amy Wright, was named 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.
Join in for a wonderful life-giving story!