Made in the Rocket City: Charlie Foster's

Blue Summit Supplies presents Made in the Rocket City, a video series showcasing the diverse local business of our hometown - Huntsville, Alabama.⁠

This episode features Charlie Foster’s, an eclectic coffee shop that’s on a mission to bring inclusivity mainstream. This Stovehouse staple serves all manner of weird and wonderful coffee drinks – including their Dirty Coke, a Mexican Coca-Cola with espresso ice cubes – and has a staff that exceeds expectations.

“There are some coffee shops out there already that employ people with special needs, but we wanna do the whole nerdy part of specialty coffee and work with people special needs. Because I’d like to promote that anybody can employ people with special needs,” says Austin, co-owner and co-founder of Charlie Foster’s. He and his wife, Holly, were inspired by Austin’s parents founding Merrimack Hall. He delves into this as well as just who Charlie Foster is, and why his ghost adorns their pink-and-red shop.

 We also got the inside scoop from Trevor, a Charlie Foster’s employee, who insists that it’s just as fun to work at the shop as it seems.

Check out this episode of Made in the Rocket City to learn more about Charlie Foster’s, and keep an eye on the Blue Summit Supplies Facebook page for more insider info on other Rocket City organizations.


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Grace Treutel is Blue Summit Supplies' Director of Culture. Currently she’s in training to become a Marriage & Family Therapist though her greatest love will always be the written word. Her three novel manuscripts have not yet been published - but just you wait. She lives in Huntsville with her  cute kids and cute pets.

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