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Coffee Shop To Open With Team Of Employees With Disabilities


A new kind of brew is coming to Topeka. Dialogue Coffee House is preparing to open it’s doors with a team made up almost entirely of employees with disabilities.

For owner 20-year-old Caitlyn Halsey the grind of starting a brand new business is one she embraces with a mug-half-full kind of attitude.

“I just got the inspiration from seeing the need in the community and loving coffee,” Halsey said.

With some personal investment and a $10,000 grant from Go Topeka, Halsey got to work building the Dialogue Coffee House and assembling a team of employees with mental and intellectual disabilities.

Erica Peterson, who has a learning disability, is one of the employees.

“It’s hard to keep some of the jobs I used to have because they didn’t think I did a good job so, I said, I hope I get to help somewhere,” Peterson said.

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