The Empty Cup links coffee with adoption

(WBIR-Bearden) Some people with big hearts have a grand vision for opening a non-profit business. Their idea links sipping coffee with adopting children.

Right now the Empty Cup on Kingston Pike is pretty much an empty building. But that will change.

"It doesn't look like much right now but I feel like we've done quite a bit," Kelsey Cunningham said. She will be the manager of the coffee shop.

She described what the space will look like.

"Our idea is re-purposed. So we have a lot of pallets and burlap coffee bags," she said. "We're trying to use what we can find and what we have and re-purpose things that we've been given." :41

Some people will go there for the coffee, some for the vibe, and some for something else.

"You're going to have the people who are just going to come in because they love the mission. They love the fact that when they buy their coffee it's going to go to a great cause," Coby Eldridge said.

That cause is adoption, something Coby Eldridge knows a lot about.

"My husband and I have four children, three who have come home through adoption," she said.

She's also the Director of the Adoption Foundation of Tennessee.

"There have been so many families who have come up to us who see out family out and about and they say oh we would love to adopt. We just can't afford it," she said.

The Adoption Foundation of Tennessee helps families come up with ways to cover the cost of adoption. That organization is an inspiration for this coffee house. The Empty Cup is a non-profit run by a Board of Directors.

"The Board of Directors will take our profits quarterly and disperse the money through adoption grants," she said.

It's a non-profit so fundraising is crucial. They're raising money on the web with indiegogo and also seeking donations and sponsors.

"The Empty Cup is a place to pour into with the whole idea that it's to be emptied out again. So we're asking our community to pour in so we can pour back out," Coby said.

The Empty Cup plans to pour a certain coffee.

Kelsey said, "It's Just Love Coffee out of Murfreesboro. And it's kind of a double whammy because they also donate a portion of their proceeds to adoption."

The Empty Cup hopes to open by the end of the summer.


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