We have had an exciting month with EIGHT confirmed job offers!   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6crls8Ig40&w=854&h=480]   Meet the newest members of the workforce! Chris started with GiGi U in January of 2014 he immediately put a smile on everyone face. He was the perfect student and was always so professional. He took always took pride in…

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  hugs + mugs is café and retail store run by our gigi u graduates, now referred to as “interns” along with our support staff. each will manage different aspects of a real life retail environment. Hugs & Mugs creates gifts from the heart: personalized mugs printed with artwork and photos-your design or ours-you choose!…

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On April 20th we had a GiGi’s University Graduation and welcomed a new group of interns into the Hugs & Mugs Cafe! This is always an exciting time! Today we are welcoming our friend Jen’s mom to the blog.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, preferably in a Hugs created mug (they are our…

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Hugs + Mugs Parties, Field Trips, & Events Hugs + Mugs is a café and retail store run by our GiGi U graduates, now referred to as “interns” along with our support staff. Each will manage different aspects of a real life retail environment. Hugs & Mugs creates gifts from the heart: personalized mugs printed…

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Hugs & Mugs is a retail and online store run by adults with Down syndrome who have graduated from GiGi University. Hugs & Mugs creates gifts from the heart: personalized mugs printed with artwork and photos-your design or ours-you choose!  Adults from GiGi University are involved in running ALL aspects of the business-design, production, food…

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GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers impact lives everyday. We make a life time commitment from prenatal all thought adulthood. We are very proud of our GiGi’s Internship Opportunities– The GiGi’s Internship Opportunities provide GiGi University graduates with an 18-week internship to practice and master career skills. Throughout this internship, interns receive individualized, hands-on training applicable…

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Happy Fall – Join us for some great Autumn treats!   We now have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Pie Milk Shakes and Pumpkin Pie Gelato!  Start this Autumn season right with a treat from Hugs + Mugs.  We also have some special one-of-a-kind fall mugs!

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We need your help!! The busy holiday season is starting soon. We are in need of great volunteers to help spend some time here at Hugs+Mugs training and assisting our interns in this great program. If you or know someone interested in volunteering their time, please contact the store manager at 847-278-8531 or email hugsandmugs@gigisplayhouse.org.…

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Meet Keira – Mentor at Hugs + Mugs! Meet Kiera!! Kiera graduated GiGi U in the winter of 2014 and became an intern here at Hugs + Mugs immediately after. Kiera spent 16 weeks as an intern learning great customer service skills, money handling, creative artwork, cafe equipment and sales skills. After the 16 weeks,…

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Hot summer days?? Cool down at Hugs + Mugs! On these hot summer days, join us for a cool treat!  We now are serving Kefir soft serve with a choice of toppings.  Oreo Cookies, Reese Peanut Butter Cups, Nestle Crunch or M&Ms are some delicious toppings you can add to your Kefir for a small…

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