We are excited to share that a brand-new, locally owned coffee shop will be serving up espresso, lattes, cold brew, matcha and much more at the mixed-use development off Governors Drive. Charlie Foster’s, founded by Huntsville natives Austin Jenkins and Hollie Jenkins, will offer high-quality coffee drinks while providing employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 1,850-square-foot space will be situated directly adjacent to the food garden and include a private 500-square-foot outdoor patio for patrons. Charlie Foster’s is slated to open in Q4 2019.

After years of working with the special needs community through Huntsville’s Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center, Austin decided he wanted to combine his two passions—making excellent coffee and being an advocate for anyone with special needs.