A very special coffee shop is opening in Middleboro, and it will make you feel warm and fuzzy the whole way through.

The Hugs & Yums Coffee Lounge isn’t just another café; it's a small business run by employees with Down Syndrome and special needs.

The lounge is opening at 51 Center Street in Middleboro (next door to Charred Oak Tavern) and is a “community service coffee lounge project” created by non-profit Spark of Hopes. It is the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

The idea of  Hugs & Yums Coffee  Lounge to support the community of people with Down Syndrome and Special Needs. Hugs & Yums Coffee Lounge employees will be people with Down Syndrome and Special Needs. They will be supported by a General Manager and Assistants.

Hugs & Yums manager Sarah Kamso is currently hiring staff, ages 18 and older, to work at the lounge. Parents who are interested in getting their kids involved can call Sarah and set up an interview for the parents and child to learn more about the lounge and what type of work environment it will be. All staff will be assisted by Sarah, assistants, and volunteers.

Hugs & Yums Coffee Lounge will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a mix of options including smoothies, American & Arabic coffee, tea, cappuccino, fruit salad, cakes, French crepes, and Lebanese dishes including kibbe, tabbouleh, falafel, cheese and meat rolls, grape leaves, and more.

Their soft opening will be sometime in the next two weeks.

For more information, visit Hugs & Yums on Facebook here or by calling Sarah at (339) 337-6077.

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