That spark grew once she realized that her daughter was already serving coffee at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Heid said students with special needs take orders at the start of each day, deliver coffee to classrooms and take payment.
And the idea for Independent Grounds was born.
The coffee shop, located at 3900 Legacy Park Blvd., opened Feb. 28.
Heid said it currently has 14 employees with special needs ranging in age from teens to those who are 40.
“They can be themselves and do a job and be rewarded for it,” she said.
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