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It's Not About the Toast: How a Mental Illness Led to Founding a Vibrant Community Café

Brande Jackson

"After having struggled as an employee in so many coffee shops, (Carrelli) now employs 14 people. In an almost unheard of practice for the café business, she offers them profit-sharing and dental coverage. And she plans on expanding the business even further, maybe opening up to four or five locations. With the proceeds, she hopes to one day open a halfway house for people who have psychotic episodes—a safe place where they can go when they are in trouble."

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  • Lara Rabinovitch

    I love the way this story starts with a food trend and touches on homelessness, desert island foods, and mental illness. whoa.

    • Brande Jackson

      Right? So cool how it weaves all these different things in. I loved it!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Trouble is my absolute favorite cafe. Had no idea about the owner. This adds an entirely new layer that makes me appreciate her work even more.