Despite what small businesses have been through in recent months, Ethan & the Bean remains open, spreading joy and creating employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The Little Falls, NJ, coffee shop opened in November of 2019 with the goal of reducing the disparity in employment for people with I/DD. Founders Pam and Pat Donovan opened the shop with their son Ethan in mind.
The shop provides training and gainful employment to Ethan and a few other individuals with varying disabilities. The true mission, however, is to shift the mindset of society, one cup of coffee at a time.
The space centers the unique passions, skills, and dreams of each person on the team. Beyond coffee and confections made in house, Ethan & the Bean is also an art gallery, showcasing many of Ethan’s works, some of which are for sale to the public.
Now that the shop is open and indoor dining is resuming in NJ, there is no telling what this next chapter will look like. To begin, the team has plans to roll out new seasonal items, expand gift offerings in the marketplace, and develop more community programming. Coffee and merchandise are also available online.
Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hours are subject to change.
Ethan & the Bean (ethanandthebean.com)
98 Main Street
Little Falls, NJ
Written by Francesca Cwynar, of pensivefoodie.com.
Photos courtesy of Ethan & the Bean.