BROOKLYN - A new candy shop in Brooklyn is offering its employees a chance to overcome physical or mental disabilities by joining the workforce.

The nonprofit Lantern Group, which is supported by the South Beach Psychiatric Center, officially opened Little Things on Coney Island Avenue this week with 15 part-time workers.

Lantern Group employee Laurie Tamis says Little Things is designed to serve as a stepping stone for employees to gain work experience and eventually go out and do other things.

The retro candy store features old-fashioned treats and international items.