New coffee shop opens in metro

DES MOINES - Freedom Blend Coffee serves as an employment-training center for young adults ages 16 to 25 years old.

An official ribbon cutting was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for the new coffee shop. They will train baristas to learn customer service and other valuable job skills. The executive director of Freedom for Youth Ministries says this is their way of helping the young people in the community.

"We really felt like employment training is a need that our young people need, to be able to get that confidence and that assurance that they have the work skills that they need to be successful in life," said Mark Nelson, executive director of Freedom for Youth Ministries.

Normal hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The shop is located at 2329 Hickman road.

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