As many of you know I've been living at home in Dallas for the past few months until we make the move to Seattle. I've been able to visit quite a few of my favorite social enterprises and wanted to create a guide! If you're planning to travel to the Dallas area this summer here are some wonderful suggestions so that your travels can make a difference!
Eateries that Impact in Dallas
Cafe Momentum: Behind the doors of Café Momentum second chances are a reality, stereotypes are shattered, and smiles are abundant. This nonprofit restaurant provides internships to at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities. During the yearlong program, individuals rotate through five stations to learn the trades of the restaurant including cooking, waiting on customers, bussing tables, and more. This high end restaurant is in the middle of downtown and perfect for a weekend date night. Their food is amazing and pride themselves on sourcing ingredients locally. *Pro-tip: Be sure to make reservations. Learn more about Cafe Momentum here.
Hugs Cafe: Hugs Café employs twenty-two men & women with special needs including down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and more. These conditions do not define or set boundaries for this hardworking team at Hugs Café. Hugs Cafe serves fabulous sandwiches, salads, and more. Located in the historic square of downtown McKinney, it's the perfect place to stop in for a sandwich during your time shopping around the square. Learn more about Hugs Cafe here.
Howdy Homemade: The perfect summer stop for ice cream! Howdy Homemade an ice cream shop in that trains and employs young adults with down syndrome or autism. Their Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip ice cream is incredible! And definitely a must have when visiting Texas! The Howdy Homemade staff members are passionate about their job and fabulous at scooping ice cream! Be sure to stop in and say Howdy! Learn more about Howdy Homemade here.
CitySquare Cafe: Although I have personally not yet tried CitySquare Cafe, I have heard wonderful things! This cafe recently opened up as part of the non-profit CitySquare which works to fight poverty in the Dallas area. The CitySquare Cafe caters to low-income adults seeking new skills and employment opportunities! Located near the popular Deep Ellum neighborhood, this is the perfect stop when you're heading downtown. Learn more about CitySquare Cafe here.
Drinking Coffee for Good
Coffee House Cafe: The Coffee House Cafe serves up an amazing cup of certified organic, fair trade coffee! Their house latte is my go-to, with a warm caramel flavor! Stop in, listen to some music and have a bite to eat, or swing by the drive though for a quick stop. Learn more about the Coffee House Cafe here.
Union Coffee: Union is a coffee shop with a wonderful sense of community. Their direct trade coffee has a bold taste and gives back! 10% of all coffee sales support local non-profits in the Dallas area. Union has regularly scheduled events to keep the community involved and is a cozy spot to work or study. Learn more about Union here.
Shopping with an Impact
Fair & Square Imports: One of my favorite stores that I always visit when I'm home! Fair & Square Imports is a fun fair trade store in the historic square of downtown McKinney! Their wide selection of artisan goods allow customers to find something for every occasion! Owned by a sweet, entrepreneurial couple passionate about making a difference, Fair & Square is definitely the shop to visit! Learn more about Fair & Square Imports here.