Circle of Friends, a local organization dedicated to community inclusion for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has partnered with The Circuit to open The Circuit Café in early 2021.

The Circuit, located at One Innovation Way in Woodstock, doubles as Cherokee County’s first coworking space and Chattahoochee Technical College’s Student Center. The space was founded in collaboration with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, Chattahoochee Technical College and the Woodstock Office of Economic Development as an innovation hub for entrepreneurs, students and the local community.

The Circuit Café will provide employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a partnership with Circle of Friends — an organization dedicated to developing an inclusive community where people with and without disabilities can live, work and play together.

“Circle of Friends’ commitment to serving the special needs community brings a unique synergy to The Circuit,” COED President Misti Martin said in a news release. “Centered around a student center and supportive coworking community, the new café will thrive with the support of entrepreneurs and young people that work in the space.”

Circle of Friends Executive Director Stephen Taylor added, “Circle of Friends is committed to improving the lives of adults with disabilities through social engagement, supportive employment and affordable residential housing. This coffee shop at The Circuit provides an excellent opportunity for adults with disabilities to have meaningful employment.”

Set to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, The Circuit Café will serve Cherokee County-based Alma Coffee. The shop will also feature a variety of signature teas and smoothies, along with seasonal baked goods.

“Chattahoochee Tech is excited to welcome Circle of Friends to our Woodstock campus operating the coffee shop housed within The Circuit,” Chattahoochee Technical College VP of Facilities David Simmons said. “Coffee is an essential part of the college’s student center as it helps build community, creates a fun place for students to study and learn and even positions students for real-life job opportunities right here on campus.”

Woodstock Office of Economic Development Program Manager Sylvia Breitbart said, “We are excited to welcome and support the new café in The Circuit Woodstock. Circle of Friends will be an inspiring addition to our community and will create an enjoyable environment for everyone to gather and connect.”

For more information about The Circuit, visit http://circuitwoodstock.com.

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