Power Cafe is empowering people with disabilities

The Watertown coffee shop opened Thursday.

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Power Cafe, which opened Thursday at 45 Lexington Street in Watertown, is staffed and run by people with physical and/or mental disabilities, Boston Eater reports. Founder Galit Schwartz collaborated with Triangle Inc., a nonprofit that helps prepare those with disabilities for the workforce, to staff the shop and host a “transition-to-career’’ training group.

Power Cafe’s website explains that as “sheltered workshops’’ are being phased out in Massachusetts, “people with disabilities face an especially tough job market, and many end up in adult day care, with little opportunity to advance.’’

The shop offers organic, fair trade coffee, fresh bakery items, and more, along with “real opportunities for people with disabilities… in a context where they will interact in a powerful, autonomous way with the mainstream community,’’ according to its website.

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Power Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will also be open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting in December.

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