Volunteering at Hobo Hotel has brought Arlene Avery much joy

For Arlene Avery, 74, working with animals after her retirement was a natural step. “I wanted somewhere I felt like I was contributing to something worthwhile… I alway had a love for animals.” After her career as a federal employee, Avery wanted to find meaningful volunteer work. After meeting Carol Cain, Hobo Hotel Spankey Halfway…

New Rice Village coffee shop serves up inclusivity one cup at a time

The newest addition to the Bitty and Beau’s Coffee chain opened its doors in Rice Village on Jan. 14, almost seven years after the original shop’s opening in Wilmington, N.C. Founders Ben and Amy Wright named the business after their children Bitty and Beau, who both have Down syndrome. The franchise aims to empower and…