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Miss Honeybee’s Specialty

Photograph of MelissaMelissa always dreamed of owning her own coffee shop. For this 29-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, the dream seemed impossible. For many years Melissa had struggled in workplaces that presented physical or intellectual barriers. Every day, she would go home feeling discouraged and unsuccessful.

Through the Government of Alberta’s Employment First Strategy and working with Alberta Works and EmployAbilities, Melissa received a customized employment plan that tapped into her talents and abilities.

She loved gardening and had been selling home-grown peppermint tea at a local farmer’s market. She also loved social gatherings and was known for her hospitality in sharing her tea, earning the nickname, “Miss Honeybee.” Parlaying these talents into owning her own coffee shop seemed a perfect fit.

Melissa received help to develop a business plan to purchase a coffee kiosk and equip her new business with start-up supplies.

Melissa now owns and operates “Miss Honeybee’s Specialty” – a coffee and specialty tea shop inside St. Paul’s Heaven Sent book store. “It’s a dream come true,” Melissa says.

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