Coffee Inclusive Announces Grand Opening Festivities

March 01, 2023

(March 1, 2023, Pittston, PA) — Coffee Inclusive, a new community-based coffee shop in downtown Pittston employing people with diverse abilities, will hold its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, March 13 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Coffee Inclusive is located in the Waterfront Warehouse at 350 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 12. Guests requiring handicap accessibility, or the use of an elevator should use the building’s alternate entrance at 22 East Street. It employs people with diverse abilities, including intellectual disabilities and Autism, working side by side with experienced baristas and servers to provide a warm and welcoming community coffee shop experience.

Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo will cut the ceremonial ribbon, joined by members of the Coffee Inclusive and NEPA Inclusive staffs, representatives of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce and elected officials from the greater Pittston area. Emmy award nominated host of WBRE’s PA Live! Chris Bohinski will serve as host and emcee of the event. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders mascot Champ will join the festivities and pose for pictures with fans of all ages. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this special ceremony and stay afterwards to enjoy a selection of delicious coffees, smoothies and baked goods.

The first 50 customers will receive a free hot or cold coffee beverage of their choice. Prizes will be given away throughout the event, including baked goods and Coffee Inclusive merchandise.

“We are extremely excited to welcome the community to our new coffee shop. The support we have received, from monetary and equipment donations, to well wishes from the greater Pittston area, have truly been heartwarming to all of us and have a direct impact on our ability to open our doors and provide a great customer service experience,” said Tom Carlucci, general manager, and quality assurance manager of NEPA Inclusive.

The community coffee shop will offer a full line of cold and hot coffees, lattes, espressos, mochas and cappuccinos along with a selection of locally sourced teas and the finest baked goods. In addition, Coffee Inclusive will also serve healthy fruit smoothies and acai bowls. Patrons can place their orders to go or enjoy their food and beverages at one of the many casual seating areas in and around the coffee shop.

“Everyone has been working very hard to make Coffee Inclusive a fun, community coffee shop experience for our patrons. We’ve had experts come in to train our baristas and servers on the menu and how to make the variety of coffee beverages and smoothies we offer. Our goal is to provide a delicious, consistent coffee experience every time in a friendly, welcoming environment,” said Frank Bartoli, CEO of NEPA Inclusive.

In addition, Coffee Inclusive will offer baked goods from Bake Ability, a sweet and savory specialty bakery employing individuals with different abilities who are mentored by professionals. Bake Ability affords individuals with diverse abilities the opportunity to learn a trade, grow and serve the community in the baking industry. Bake Ability is headquartered in Holicong, Pa. in Bucks County.

Dog lovers can purchase bags of dog treats manufactured by Duke’s Delites, a Lehigh Valley healthy dog treats company that employs young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

For more information on Coffee Inclusive, including a full menu, please visit their website,

Bake Inclusive Fundraising Campaign

Bake Inclusive Fundraising Campaign

Since its inception, Coffee Inclusive has exceeded our expectations, fostering an inclusive and empowering environment where individuals of diverse abilities work alongside experienced baristas to create delectable coffees, smoothies, and snacks. The success of Coffee Inclusive has inspired us to embark on an exciting new venture, a bakery, called Bake Inclusive.

Bake Inclusive was designed to build on the achievements of Coffee Inclusive by extending opportunities to even more individuals with diverse abilities. The bakery will help us expand NEPA Inclusive’s transitional employment training program for high school students, preparing them for successful careers beyond graduation. Our mission is to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to gainful employment for these young individuals, whether that be at the bakery or somewhere else. To ensure the grand opening of Bake Inclusive in March 2024, we have set an ambitious fundraising campaign goal of $150,000 in 150 Days. This funding will be allocated towards acquiring the necessary equipment and supplies essential for the bakery’s operations.

We hope you will consider making a donation to help us get Bake Inclusive up and running. Together, we can create a brighter and more inclusive future for all. Thank you!


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