Chris's Coffee & Custard will be a unique coffee and custard shop! We will serve you a wonderful cup of coffee, a delicious cup of custard or a tasty food item while creating opportunities for gainful and meaningful employment for individuals of all walks of life, focusing on our special needs community. Majority of Chris’s employees will be individuals that have special gifts and talents. Having a job creates pride, dignity, honor and respect. Our shop will provide opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilties to enhance life skills, social skills and unique job skills. Our desire is to empower and enhance the lives of these special young adults, while promoting their independence. Our most significant goal is to make a positive change in a person’s life.
Beth and Alan Woodrum are the proud parents of three boys - the youngest, Chris, has Down Syndrome. Chris was blessed with two older brothers that taught him he could accomplish anything he put his mind to and to set goals and never give up. Chris has so many wonderful gifts and talents. He loves life and always brings a smile to anyone who meets him. Beth (along with Chris's input!) developed Chris's Coffee & Custard as a way to help bridge the gap between the community and the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are integrating themselves in the workplace and everyday life - becoming more valued,
accepted and included in our local community.
Although we will offer a wide variety of hot and iced drinks and mouth watering custard, we also provide savory and sweet food options. So whether you're stopping for your morning coffee, lunch, or an afternoon snack, we've got you covered! Sunny days guarantee that our patio will be full of guests enjoying a drink or treat. On not-so-sunny days, we also offer comfortable seating inside our cafe with free wifi and plenty of outlets. Once you visit Chris's and experience the unique customer service experience, you will definitely become a customer for life!
The hugs and high-fives are free.
Share a dance and take a picture with one of our employees.
I promise you will leave with a smile on your face and a happy heart!
Chris's older brothers, Taylor and Josh, have always taught him that he can achieve anything! They encouraged Chris to set his goals, reach high, and work hard. And never give up and never let anyone steal your dreams. Chris has always done that and he is excited to see his dream become a reality at our coffee shop!
~1824 9th Street Roanoke, VA 24013
Renovations are in process.
We should be open by the end of the year! Watch for updates to come. Hours to be announced closer to opening day.
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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goal and improve the lives of our very special young adults. Your generous donation will fund our mission.