Common Grounds Coffee Shop Set To Open This Summer

The Ste. Genevieve County Board for the Developmentally Disabled (SGCBDD) will operate a coffee shop at the corner of Third and Merchant Streets that will employee special-needs individuals.

Common Grounds coffee shop is “hoping to be open around the end of July, first part of August,” said Jason Schott, president of the board.

He made a report on the progress during the Community Services Forum meeting on April 10.

Schott said the shop will be patnering with Kaldi’s Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster from St. Louis. He said the board also was looking for vendors for food service.

When the shop opens, hours will be 6 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, although Schott said it may eventually expand to include lunch service.

He said he already has had feedback from people interested in that.

“Right now [to start], just coffee, tea, pastries,” Schott said.

Schott said prices would be “market rate” for this area and that the shop would not set prices that would be construed as unfair competition.

He said a couple of managers will run the facility. SGCBDD is working with the Workforce Development Board with labor funding and will partner with the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District’s transitional program that provides job training for special-needs juniors and seniors who might be potential future employees.

See complete story on the Community Services Forum meeting in the April 24 edition of the Herald.

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