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Sweet Jordan's opens new business to help employ more people with special needs

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A Tennessee bakery run by 32 special needs adults is opening up a new business to help employ more adults with special needs.

Sweet Jordan's Bakery and Cafe saw sweet success after a story from FOX 17 News went viral last year - highlighting the 32 special needs adults that run the business.

The eatery in Paris, Tenn. doubled in size after its first year thanks to their sweet staff and a lot of faith.

Now, the couple behind the business is expanding. "Sweet Jordan's Laundry Co." is hoping to open in September.

"Sweet Jordan's isn't just about baked goodies, ice cream and coffee; it can be about anything the special team members can do and that's a lot if given the opportunity," a Facebook post said.

Customers can drop off their dirty laundry in the morning and pick it up fresh and clean later in the day. It's opening in Suite 5, near the bakery.

"We are so excited to be able to provide more jobs to these special people."

FOX 17 News' Dennis Ferrier traveled to Paris to show what a truly remarkable place Sweet Jordan's is.

Sweet Jordan himself works at the register, but that's not his job.

"I'm the boss around here and I have to keep everybody in line," said Jordan St. John. "Sometimes I'm the boss. I am also the Sheriff and the County Commissioner."

Jordan's parents, Brad and Tommie St. John, opened the bakery with no experience in retail, but lots of experience with faith.

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The bakery received an outpouring of support since opening. They are now accepting donations to help start the laundry business.

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