Welcome to The Hive

Different Abilities, Same Opportunities

In addition to offering delicious meals and drinks, we provide job training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Stop by today and experience the warmth and inclusivity of our one-of-a-kind eatery.

“This is where the “magic” happens; the unexpected interplay between a customer and an employee with differing needs. I have witnessed so much good in the time we’ve been open.”

– Melissa Skaggs, Owner of Hive of the Ozarks

Discover Delicious Dining Options and Exceptional Service at Our Restaurant’s Wide Range of Products and Services


Experience the charm of a vintage coffee house offering specialty coffees, teas, smoothies, pastries, artisan ice cream, and brunch and lunch menus.

Family Dinners

Boxed dinners are available one day a week by special order through social media (Facebook & Instagram) @hive.of.the.ozarks

Events & Classes

The Hive provides an inviting atmosphere where we host events and classes for the public. Sign up for one of the upcoming events/classes.

Gallery & Gifts

Shop local hand-crafted items, and one-of-a-kind plants at the hive’s dedicated retail area, featuring new and seasonal items regularly

the buzz around The Hive

The Hive has been honored with the Quickbooks + Mailchimp Small Business Hero award and is featured in a video that highlights the positive impact it has had on its community.

Community voices: The positive impact we are making


Love Coming Here

The staff is always so friendly and helpful. The food is delicious. The coffee comes in very large sizes. I could not recommend this place more!

Never had Carrot Cake as Yummy as this!

I’m a connoisseur of carrot cake and never had one as yummy as this!

Amazing mission

Great place with an amazing mission!!!! We met the person that runs The Hive and she shared information about this non profit!!

Relaxing Environment

This place is so relaxing the environment is amazing. the people who work here are always so nice. their pastries and coffee make for a perfect morning.

The Hive makes really good coffee and sweets

I finished my paid internship at The Hive last month. Yet since the completion of my internship, I have stopped by there again THREE TIMES! At each visit, I saw many familiar faces, including Miss Skaggs and the other members of the Lunch Quad, of which I myself was a member.

LOVE this place!

Absolutely LOVE this place! Everything I’ve had is delicious and made with good ingredients. Has a great atmosphere and such a local treasure!

Fast and friendly

I got a latte and a pastry and they were both delicious. Service was fast and friendly and the prices are good. I didn’t get the ice cream but it looked really good- I’ll have to try it the next time I’m in town!

Highly Recommended!

This is the perfect place to stop to get a quick bit to hosting a party.

Atmosphere: 10 – Warm, inviting, friendly
Food: 10 – Fresh, flavourful, light
Service: 10 – Exceptional! Quick service, attentive,

I can’t say enough about my experience @The Hive. I needed a place for a team building exercise. This was better than I expected! Thank you!

Super friendly

What a wonderful place to grab a cup of coffee, a cookie, and enjoy life! The staff at the Hive are super friendly, I will certainly be back soon.

Fantastic addition to our community

I stopped by The Hive yesterday for a Coffee and Scone, all I can say is the Coffee was Hot and the Scone was delicious. I went back today and tried another Scone & Coffee and they were Amazing.

I would highly recommend this become your daily stop for Coffee, Breakfast, or Lunch. What a fantastic addition to our community! Grab a Coffee or a bite to eat and show this local business some love!!!

Cute and inviting environment

The owner always has a smile and warm welcome. There is a wide variety of drinks, food and desserts…many gluten free options too! Love the strawberry smoothie with spinach and just had some of the Nesbit butter chocolate ice cream yum!! On top of the great food, The Hive’s mission to train and employ people with differing abilities makes it unique and worthy business to support!

Service and food were excellent

I spent a little time there today. I found it to be a very quaint place. Service and food were excellent. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend it! Not to mention the amazing decadent brownies that melt in your mouth!

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide opportunities for job skills to persons with disabilities by learning all roles of working in a hospitality business along with improving relational skills to network within the community.



The Hive helps workers with special needs achieve dreams

Nestled in a shopping center in the heart of Willard is a relatively new coffee and sandwich shop that offers customers and the community something special.


Willard cafe makes good on goal to employ people with disabilities

The Hive, in the East Center across from Willard Middle School, is designed to be a career launch pad for people with developmental disabilities.


QuickBooks Blog Feature

In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, QuickBooks is spotlighting entrepreneurs who play a vital role in creating inclusive and meaningful work for all.

The Hive Keepers

Sign up to join The Hive Keepers club to receive special member only offers and promotions.

Featured Shoutout!

We love our community and appreciate your positive feedback. Watch this video interview from Valerie Childress celebrating our 2 year anniversary! 

Have a shoutout for the Hive?

Contact us and send us a link. You could be featured here!  

The Hive has been honored with the Quickbooks + Mailchimp Small Business Hero award

Intuit QuickBooks + Mailchimp is honoring these small business heroes with $20,000 each.