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New Concept Coffee Shop Gets Sampled On Daniel Island

Bitty & Beau's Coffee (WCIV)

It’s the brewed beverage that keeps customers wanting more. Coffee is also a conversation starter for Trista Kutcher.

"Bitty's Blend. Cool. It's like light roast. Ok," she said during a brief discussion with a curious coffee consumer.

Kutcher stood in the atrium of Blackbaud on Daniel Island and pitched the newest location for her new employer --- Bitty & Beau's Coffee.

She isn't a typical coffee shop worker. The 28-year-old woman from Mt. Pleasant has Down syndrome, and a spark of enthusiasm.

"This is my first coffee shop. Very first,” she said. “So excited!"

Her co-worker, Brent Bevins of North Charleston, has Asberger's syndrome, a form of autism. Both gave coffee customers at Blackbaud a sample of what Bitty & Beau's will offer--- robust flavor and service with a smile.

"I like to make people excited, to be peppy, and just so excited to make people's day special," Kutcher said.

When their training is complete, Trista, Brent, and others will eventually go to work at 159 Church Street in downtown Charleston, across from Tommy Condon’s It's still under construction.

Managers say their biggest challenge is making sure all the employees are ready to enter the door of the workplace.

"Somebody with an intellectual disability does have the opportunity to apply to a job, often times they're not given the chance or hired and given the chance to show just how capable they are," explained Kyra Masuga, store manager for Bitty & Beau’s Coffee new Charleston location.

It’s a different coffee concept that’s good to the last drop.

Bitty & Beau's Coffee is expected to open in a few weeks near the market. It'll be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week.

The coffee company is based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Amy Wright, co-founder of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, told ABC News 4 they chose Charleston to be the company’s second location.


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