Describe your business.
We are a combination coffee shop and diner where we focus on breakfast, really good coffee, and creating an inviting social atmosphere for people to enjoy with their friends, co-workers, or families. Our diverse setting is used widely from hosting business meetings to family friendly moms and kids.
Why did you decide to work here?
I was brought on board early before we opened and I was really excited to be involved with a small local restaurant who wants to make an impact that is family owned, oriented and operated. I wanted to be part of a business who really wants to be a part of their community and who wants to focus on people, whether that be the staff or the customers. I'm a big proponent of taking care of people and so being involved with a place that makes this their focus is really exciting to me.
What has surprised you most while working here?
I've been in the restaurant industry for most of my life and being involved with starting something brand new from the ground up is new and has definitely been very rewarding and interesting. Many times the unknown challenges have turned into the most positive triumphs.
What was it like when you first started?
We have been open now for 3 months and we are steadily interested in finding out what our local customers like and how we can engage with people more to meet their wants and needs. We are still planning our official grand opening that will likely be in March and we will certainly want to engage with the local community when we do. Please keep posted for more details to follow soon.
What do customers say they love most about the business?
Customers love the space and atmosphere. The layout is open and really modern but it still has that cozy diner feel at the same time. Customers love the booths and benches. There are outlets in every seat in the house. Customers love that they can sit and plug in their computer, have a local business meeting or quietly work on a weekday afternoon, or come in with their families on a Saturday morning to enjoy our fantastic breakfast menu.
Why do you think it's important for people to shop local?
I think it's very important to support a business that is small and independent, that is supporting their local community. It creates a a sense of reciprocity between business owners and builds a positive network based on mutual respect, interests and support.
What do you love about this neighbourhood?
People who don't live in the neighbourhood may think it's out of the way. When you get here you realize how vibrant, thriving, and growing the community is. West Springs is a dynamic mixture of young families, couples and singles. There's so many amazing and unique pubs, restaurants and really cool shops. Everything you need is in this area.
What are your favourite places to go in the neighbourhood?
I like the Vin Room across the way from us and I often look forward to the afternoons I can spend all to myself while enjoying a glass of vino.