“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman
Serving kindness first and the coffee second is the motto behind La La Land Kind Café in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. Many mistakenly believe that kindness is just an act. The employees and management of this Instagram-worthy coffee shop assure clients that their mantra is more than just a slogan; it’s a lifestyle.
Naturally, this means it takes a special, empathetic individual to work in an establishment built on kindness. Currently, the café tries to hire people who have aged out of the foster care system. It also offers an eight-week internship program that encompasses everything from customer service training to job placement.
According to La La’s operations manager, Amaris Watje, one person who was formally in the foster care system now works at the shop full-time. When it comes to the kind of person they’re looking for, it should be no surprise that Amaris had this to say:
“We choose people who naturally want to be a positive light and be positive at work … who love what they’re doing and love getting compliments already, and that’s a very special person,” Watje said.
The café isn’t just serving up kindness in person. It has also made a name for itself on social media platforms like TikTok. With more than a billion views and millions of followers, they have even reached the likes of Starbucks, Dunkin’s Donuts, and Disney.
But how did the La La Land Kind Café get started? It all started with founder Francois Reihani who dreamed of combining his love of hospitality to give back to the community, while simultaneously creating a socially conscious and kind environment for customers.
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