Non-profit coffee shop recovering after costly break in - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Non-profit coffee shop recovering after costly break in

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Thieves knocked off a non-profit Memphis coffee shop known for donating 70 percent of tips to charities.

Avenue Coffee is located on Echles Street and Douglass Avenue. It took four years to get off the ground.

Inside students study on their laptops, patrons write inspirational messages on the walls, and workers pin up posters of their favorite charities.

"We work with different charities each month and donate 70 percent of our tips to a different charity," co-founder Jaron Weidner said. "Most [of the charities] are local organizations."

But Monday, some thieves broke into the store without caring about the good Avenue Coffee does for the community.

The thieves stole an undisclosed amount of goods, including the cash register and store computer.

"Trying to not be discouraged by it, roll with the punches, and keep trying to do the best I can," Weidner said when asked how he was dealing with the crime.

Regular customers say if the thieves realized who they stole from, they'd probably feel bad.

"When you have a cause that's so great like that, it's hard to see that someone would want to violate that in any way," Kevin Cranford said.

Avenue Coffee is now collecting donations to buy a new register, laptop, and security equipment.

"I hope the community will come together and help them get back on their feet and move forward," Cranford said. "So they, in turn, can give back to the community. It's a circular process."

Avenue Coffee workers say the business will not slow down.

"We really love Memphis," Weidner said. "We really enjoy being here; especially this neighborhood."

Click here to donate to the coffee shop's GoFundMe page.

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