This is our Family and Employees!
Little Something Extra is a reference to our son, Billy. We were told that Billy had Down Syndrome eight hours after his birth, and to be honest it felt like our world had collapsed. With help from our families, our neighbors and friends, and the good folks at the National Association for Down Syndrome, we came to realize that Billy was a blessing no different than any other child.
We’ve always wanted Billy to be able to work and contribute back to the community that has given him so much. Billy will be working at the bakery, as well as other adults with special needs. We hope to employ as many of these adults as we are able, and show the world that anyone, regardless of disability can work.
The vision for Little Something Extra was born 7+ years ago, at the dinner table. We realized that Oak Lawn was underserved in two key markets. Freshly made pastries served in a casual setting, and great coffee. After hearing people say, “I don’t like (big chain coffee)”, we knew we could combine those two into a unique business and serve a market that didn’t exist.
Once we knew the market existed, we had to figure out how we would serve it. A drive-thru for a quick coffee and a donut on the way to work? Absolutely. A place where parents could come after dropping their kids off at school? Very definitely. The soccer team can come to celebrate a big win? You betcha. Folks who want to work from a comfortable location and need good Wi-Fi? Sure thing. A great location to have a birthday party for children? We can do that.
So what are we not? We will not have display cases full of pastries and cakes for all occasions. We are not “fast” food. We will not make every trendy coffee drink out there. We are the quality option. We are the welcoming staff while making your coffee, we are hoping to be your home away from home.
So, the vision ends up being simple: Great pastries a lunch menu; excellent coffee a relaxed, family friendly environment.