Guest baristas help draw attention to Northstar Coffee’s mission

North Star Coffee, an enterprise of Ontario ARC, is featuring “celebrity” baristas every morning during its open house week,  March 11-15.

The coffeehouse at 1880 Rochester Road (Route 332), will welcome the town supervisors of Victor and Canandaigua, along with other guest baristas during the special event. Each day will also feature a special coffee drink concocted to reflect the tastes of that day’s guest pourer, from a sugar-free caramel delight to cherry cheesecake lattes. Price specials on drinks and discounts on coffee to brew at home will also be offered every day through March 16.

Canandaigua's Northstar Coffee offers employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other challenges.
Canandaigua’s Northstar Coffee offers employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other challenges.

“Our Open House Week is a great opportunity for our community to come together and acknowledge the men and women supported by Ontario ARC who work hard every day at North Star to reach their potential and let their personalities shine. By each of our guest baristas volunteering their time to roll up their sleeves and step into the shoes of our staff for a couple hours in recognition of community inclusion, it’s just a special way to acknowledge the great businesses and partners we have in the community with a social conscience,” said Michelle Jungermann, director of meaningful activities at Ontario ARC.

North Star Coffee provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other challenges.

More information on the celebrity barista schedule is available on the organization’s Facebook and web pages.

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Ontario ARC to open coffee bar in Canandaigua

northstarcoffee_final_4c-300x218An open house celebrating Canandaigua’s North Star Coffee is slated for Oct. 23 through Oct. 28 at the Rochester Road facility. The full-service coffee bar, operated by Ontario ARC, will offer daily drink specials, samples, contests and surprise discounts throughout the week.

North Star Coffee will serve handcrafted beverages made with local coffee provided by Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, as well as treats baked fresh by Sully’s Café, a division of Ontario ARC. Ontario ARC chose the name North Star Coffee because the North Star serves as a universal beacon to find your place in the world, according to the organization’s website.

The new building features 25-foot high panoramic windows and an open floor plan with an indoor greenhouse shared with Flowers by Stella. The café will offer free WiFi.

Ontario ARC was founded in 1954 by a group of parents from Geneva as a result of limited opportunities for individuals with development and intellectual disabilities. The organization has grown to offer more than 40 wide-ranging services for hundreds of families.

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