Hugs & Mugs cafe sells a variety of retail items, speciality coffee and gelato and is entirely run by people with Down syndrome.
This Place Is So Much More Than Just a Coffee Shop.
Hugs & Mugs, located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is run by adults with Down syndrome.
Opened in 2014, Hugs & Mugs is a full-service retail, speciality coffee and gelato cafe.
Hugs & Mugs sells custom mugs, apparel, calendars and jewelry.
The cafe is part of Gigi’s Playhouse Hoffman Estates, a down syndrome achievement center.
Prospective employees take a free 12-week course focusing on confidence, health and workplace skills.
Then they are enrolled in an 18-week career training with Hugs & Mugs.
Employees run every aspect of the business including design, production, food prep, baking, packaging and customer service.
To learn more visit gigisplayhouse.org/hugsandmugs.