CAPE CORAL, Fla. - "We feel like it's hope for the single mom," said Debbie Legg, the president and founder of Sweet Magnolias Coffee House & Marketplace in Cape Coral, a non-profit devoted to moms raising children alone.
"We're not a hand out we're a hand up," explained Legg. "We want to help single moms get off of government assistance."
The plan is to host events and teach them life skills.
"They're in such a hurry because they're working and running their children everywhere, they're cooking boxed foods and things like that and we want to be able to teach them how to cook a new way," described Legg, as an example of the type of class she hopes to offer single moms.
In two weeks, the cafe will be serving. But the attached consignment store is open for business. Everything from necklaces to pottery and clothes is handmade, even the laundry detergent. All proceeds support the cause.
"we are hoping that our community is going to catch the vision and come along side us," said Legg, hoping to draw customers.
She calls the store her "miracle". It's tucked in a small strip mall at 909 Southeast 47th terrace.
"There's nothing like it around and it's definitely needed, it's desperately needed," said Carolyn Bodiot, a customer. "So, girls know they have alternative."
And a place to call their own.
"Single moms are heroes because they've got a great deal of responsibility," concluded Legg.
In about a month, the events for single moms will begin.
The store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays until 9 p.m.