Since Aunt Nancy lives in McKinney, we just HAD to make a lunch stop to @hugscafe in the downtown historic district. Another fantastic social enterprise, I had the pleasure of talking with owner and founder Ruth Thompson, who shared that her inspiration to start the nonprofit was a number of dreams she had in 2015. In the fall that year, Hugs Cafe came to be. She says they employ some 30+ staff, 80% of those “teammates” have an IDD. A greenhouse is opening up this summer close by, and will also have staff to cultivate flowers and plants for the area. The cafe is open 11-3 everyday for a wonderful lunch menu - soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods.
Just by good fortune, we happened to be there on a special day! There was a company filming and taking photos for an upcoming TV program, “The Undiscovered” (they were filming at #ndsc2018 too!). It was fun to watch Ruth as she was interviewed and you can see how proud she is of her company and especially her staff.
No one leaves without a hug, and our server Dillon (pictured with Caleb) made sure we all got ours 😊. We picked up some t-shirts on the way out as well. If you are ever in McKinney, make sure to stop in for lunch and a hug and tell them Caleb sent you. And look for them on the TV show! PS if anyone from @hugscafe sees this tell Becky that Caleb has a crush on her! 😆 .
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