Bitty & Beau’s celebrates seven years in business

Bitty & Beau’s celebrates seven years in business
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 3:42 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 5:30 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Bitty & Beau’s, the coffee shop which employs more than 400 individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities nationwide, celebrated its seventh anniversary Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Wilmington.

“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 founder Amy Wright. “It’s a place where diversity is not just appreciated, it’s celebrated.”

The public was invited to the shop located at 4949 New Centre Drive for free hot coffee from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are now 17 locations in 12 states, but it all started with the shop in Wilmington.

“I think that our- the guest experience here is what makes it so special. Our employees bring so much gratitude to their job and it’s infections so everyone who comes in the door feels welcomed,” said Wright.

Wright was also named CNN’s Hero of the Year in 2017 for her work creating the shop.