There’s not a lot of businesses where you see customers hugging the staff on the way out, but at Teaspoons and Aprons cafe, it is a regular occurrence.
Shinade Harper took over the cafe in August this year, following the sudden death of her friend and cafe owner, Karlie Cassidy.
Shinade has since made it her mission to create a welcoming space for customers and staff.
The cafe is now open seven days a week and the menu has been revamped to include a range of home made cakes in the cabinet as well as breakfast options.
She employs 13 staff members, and encourages them to be the best version of themselves they can be, utilising their skills for the benefit of the cafe, the customers and themselves.
Karmyn Armytage painted a Christmas mural on the cafe window – an ideal setting for a Christmas photo. Karmyn has been working at Teaspoons and Aprons during her schooling at Beaudesert State High School, where she recently won an Award for Visual Arts in Practice.
Shinade and Teaspoons and Aprons Manager, Tanya Townend, say they have formed strong relationships with many of their customers.
“We help them with their shopping if they need it or if they don’t turn up at their usual time we will check on them to make sure they are ok,” said Shinade.
“Caring for our customers is part of what we do. I want this cafe to have a positive impact on people’s lives.”