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Hattie’s Café & Gifts Named Hudson Business of the Year

On December 6, Hattie’s Café & Gifts at 164 Main Street in Hudson, Ohio, was name the Hudson Business of the Year by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Hudson Economic Growth Board. The award recognizes businesses for their economic impact and contribution to the quality of life in Hudson. Chamber President Carolyn Konefal praised the Café’s mission of providing comfort, joy and achievement to people with developmental disabilities.

“We are truly honored that Hattie’s Café & Gifts has been named Hudson Business of the Year. The four employees who came to the award breakfast – David, Mike, Megan and Mike, were so excited when our name was announced.  This award is really a reflection of their hard work,” said Dotty Grexa, vice president of vocational and social enterprise services at Hattie Larlham. “The Hudson community has been wonderful to us. We look forward to many more years of being a favorite spot for lunch, coffee, unique gifts and more.”

Hattie’s Café & Gifts in Hudson opened on October 15, 2006, with six employees with developmental disabilities. It now employs 19 and is one of nine Hattie’s Café & Gifts locations. Hattie’s Café & Gifts in Hudson was first of Hattie Larlham’s social enterprises, created to provide meaningful employment and vocational training to people with developmental disabilities. Today, Hattie Larlham social enterprises, including Hattie’s Café & Gifts, Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding, Hattie’s Vending Company and Hattie’s Garden, employ more than 200 people with developmental disabilities.

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