TAMPA (FOX 13) - There is something sweet is in the air in downtown Tampa. It's called Dough Nation, and the employees are even sweeter.
Located at the intersection on North Tampa in between Twiggs and Madison, they serve edible cookie dough, ice cream and milk shakes. "Dough Nation" means exactly that: donation! Money raised there goes directly to Metropolitan Ministries and the homeless people being served.
"It means making dreams come true, to open peoples hearts to a whole different world, to let them know that we are here for you," Terry Byrd, Dough Nation employee told FOX 13.
Below that layer of sweet with Terry, he has a bit of a rough past.
"I went out there and I did some bad things," he explained. "I did some bad things -- things that I wish I could take back. People that I wish I could apologize to. People that I wish I could serve and show them the love that I show these other people."
It's another turn around story for Metro Ministries which heads the business. Byrd was recommended by another organization and eventually graduated from their Culinary Arts program.
Byrd been promoted to shift leader and hopes to be a store manager at future locations.
"I always tell people, you know how you breathe that air in your lungs, your nose, how you breathe it how you truly need it, how important it is to have it in order for you to live? Byrd said. "That's how you should want this."