A Grand Junction coffee shop opens it's doors but it's doing more than just serving drinks.
The lattes are brewing, and the baristas are busy at work.
Cafe V has officially opened it's doors but with a unique twist. It's partnering with The House; a homeless shelter for teens, putting at-risk youth to work with one goal in mind.
"Competition is stiff out there for these teens so we're able to give them an opportunity they wouldn't normally get," says owner Alex Mackey.
Mackey says besides bringing in all the profits from those double chai lattes and scrambled breakfast wraps, he feels fortunate to be able to make a difference.
"To have a coffee shop with a purpose besides just making money is pretty awesome. It's a way to give back to the community," he said.
Right now Cafe V employs six homeless teens but Mackey says if business increases, so will the amount of staff.
"Really the skies the limit, the busier we are; the more that we can employ," he said.
Cafe V is also showcasing local talent from artwork on the walls to featured musical guests.
"We have a lady from CMU that's our art director and she's in charge of getting artwork in here from local artists," said Mackey.
Mackey says this new space is catering to conversation and creativity, all while helping people in our local community.
All the food items on the menu are vegetarian. You can stop by and enjoy one seven days a week from 6:30am to 8pm.
It's located at the corner of 5th and Belford.