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December 21, 2022: Coffee house in Kennesaw receives community grant for inclusive workplace for people with disabilities

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May 5, 2022: Thousands of Georgia restaurants are still waiting for the financial help they need to stay afloat while U.S. Senators debate whether or not to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.


Marietta Daily Journal

August 1, 2022: A local coffee house that employs people with special needs celebrated an important day Tuesday.


Marietta Daily Journal

August 12, 2021: A Kennesaw coffee shop shuttered by the pandemic is celebrating a grand reopening in a different location this week and has been able to rehire five of its former employees, some of whom have special needs.


Cobb County Courier

August 7, 2021: Kennesaw Coffee Shop with heart overcomes pandemic hurdles.


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May 31, 2021: Coffee shop employing adults with special needs able to reopen with COVID grant.


Fox 5 Atlanta

April 16, 2021: A unique coffee shop, with some very special employees, has had to make numerous changes during the pandemic.


Roswell location closing

March 26, 2020: In the midst of a pandemic and so much uncertainty, the Roswell United Methodist Church has informed us they are ending their agreement with Independent Grounds Cafe for the operation of the RUMC Coffee House. We're not sure what our next steps will be but we are hopeful we'll find a new place to land and continue our mission of providing meaningful employment for adults with special needs.


WABE 90.1: Employees With Disabilities Thrive At Local Coffee Shop

November 11, 2019

Employees With Disabilities Given the 'Opportunity to Show What They Can Do' at Local Coffee Shop...

AJC: 'Inclusive' Coffee Shop Now Open in Roswell

July 29, 2019

A coffee shop that primarily hires adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is now open in Roswell.

Eater Atlanta: RUMC Coffee House Opens in Roswell

July 26, 2019

A Coffee House Employing Adults with Special Needs Opens in Roswell

North Fulton Neighbor: Independent Grounds coffee shop opens new location in Roswell

July 23, 2019

VoyageATL: Meet Lorna Heid of Independent Grounds Cafe in Kennesaw

May 08, 2019

Atlanta Parent Magazine: 6 Cool Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

May 07, 2019

Marietta Daily Journal: Independent Grounds Cafe Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

April 27, 2019

Atlanta Coffee Shops: Coffee with a Higher Mission

February 25, 2019

Barista Magazine Online: A Coffee Shop With Heart

November 21, 2018

Eater Atlanta: Atlanta Essential Coffee Shops

October 16, 2018

ESPN's Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia stop by for a cup of coffee...

September 14, 2018

Jeff and Jenn Show: #AllTheFeels

June 28, 2018

Jeff & Jenn give a shout-out to Independent Grounds Cafe giving us #AllTheFeels

Autism Speaks: I opened a Cafe to employ my daughter and others with special needs

May 18, 2018

Atlanta Parent Magazine: Why We Love Independent Grounds Cafe in Kennesaw

May 05, 2018

Cobb Courier: Kennesaw Coffee Shop Owner Honored by CBS46 Surprise Squad

May 01, 2018

CBS46 Surprise Squad: Honors Woman Who Hires Workers with Special Needs

April 30, 2018

Owner Lorna Heid is shocked by what her employees, community and the CBS 46 Surprise Squad have brewed up for her...

FOX 5 Good Day Atlanta: Local Coffee Shop Brews Up Independence

April 23, 2018

Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken spends the morning with the crew at Independent Grounds Cafe...

Marietta Daily Journal: Coffee Shop with Heart

April 08, 2018

Changing perceptions of disability one latte at a time...

FOX 5 Atlanta: Unique coffee shop making a big impact in community

March 30, 2018

A coffee shop in Kennesaw is having a big impact on the community. It's not the coffee, it's the employees.

AJC: New coffee shop in Cobb happily puts people with special needs to work

March 28, 2018

Independent Grounds Coffee in Kennesaw serves much more than beans and hot water.


For owner Lorna Heid, it’s a way to teach her daughter Emma — who is 17 years old but has the cognitive level of someone a decade younger, Heid said.

To Be Told: coffee...and so much more

April 06, 2018

It took us a couple of extra minutes to make our way to this particular cafe. But the drive was well worth it. Sure, they are independently owned and they serve coffee from a local roaster - and I would always much rather support local businesses over chains. But there's something here that makes this cafe even better.

Scoop OTP: Independent Grounds Cafe

March 22, 2018

A new coffee shop in Kennesaw has opened its doors, and it’s making a difference in the lives of all of its employees.

Cobb County Courier: New Coffee Shop is Opportunity for Adults with Disabilities

March 26, 2018

Atlanta Eater: Now Open, Kennesaw Coffee Shop Champions People With Special Needs

March 14, 2019

Check out Independent Grounds Cafe in Eater Atlanta! 

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