So things are moving along, we were on site this week having meetings with the council, a kitchen designer and our architect and every time we're there, we can't help but get really excited. I'm sure a lot of you want to know where exactly are we up to, and how long until we open so we thought we'd give you a bit of an update on our progress so far.
Everything was moving quite slowly up until October last year. Tom and I had gone part time in our jobs that summer to focus our attention on moving the coffee shop onwards, and had been busying ourselves with writing a business plan, doing research in other coffee shops, counting people, looking for suppliers etc. We had been looking for units, but without much luck. We happened upon a unit up for let just off Nicholson Street one day and on the face of it, it looked perfect. It is an old office, close to an extremely busy street and very close to the University. There were two units going on the same street so we went to view both. One was too small for what we wanted to do so we focussed our attention the larger of the two. You can see some images of the unit as it looks now on our Flickr page.
We spent a few days sat in the car on the street counting people (and who knew, there's an app for that) that walked along Nicholson Street, as well as people walking up and down our street and were really encouraged by the numbers - it was indeed, a very busy location!
After that, things started moving much more quickly. We found a surveyor, architect, accountant, solicitor, structural engineer and graphic designer to work with and since we've been having site meetings talking over what structural changes we can make to the unit, how the layout will work, where the bar will be, how many toilets we need and much more.
Just before Christmas, we went into the unit to try and find out what was exactly behind all the stud walls and above the fake ceiling so we could find out what we could remove. A man came with a hammer and knocked some ungainly holes in the walls to reveal brick, stone, cornicing - all of which we hope to expose to bring all the original features back into view.
The search for furniture also began, and we've been visiting antiques fairs and reclamation yards to find chairs, sofas, light fittings and any other awesome looking fixtures we can use. We're also on the search for the perfect roasting partner to ensure we are producing the most amazing coffee we can and are off to meet a roaster in London in the next few weeks.
So that's where we are! At the current rate, we're aiming for a early summer launch, but we should have a much better idea soon. There'll be lots more to follow, we can't wait to keep you updated about all the exciting things that will be happening in the run up to launch. We're continually on the lookout for people interested in working with us, so if you're a barista, baker, joiner, if you see a load of amazing chairs that you think would look perfect in a coffee shop, or if you're just really interested in what we're doing and want to be involved in some way, get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or email.