Wild Poppy Cafe chef/barista Detta McCartan is enjoying the new Ripley location. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Wild Poppy Cafe chef/barista Detta McCartan is enjoying the new Ripley location. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Wild Poppy Cafe blooms in Ripley

AFTER three years at Warwick Road in Ipswich, Wild Poppy Café is now in the Ripley township.

The change places them in the midst of one of Australia's fastest growing regions for industry and residential development.

"We are right in the heart of the Ripley township where the old corner store was located. It has a wonderful country atmosphere here," owner Sue Parkins said.

Ripley township is currently home to about 1000 people, but this number is set to explode with the large amount of residential development in progress.

"We are well-positioned here," Ms Parkins said.

"We have Ipswich to one side of us, Springfield to the other and all the people moving into the area.

"We have been made so welcome and have had great support from the local community. Everyone has been very friendly."

A number of the familiar faces from Warwick Rd days are making the trip to their favourite destination.

"We have retained many of our customers and a lot did not know where we moved to. We tried to get the word out but you can only do what you can," she said.

Ms Parkins and Megan Preston, a mother and daughter team, are the co-owners of the business.

While the new place does not have the same space for the display cabinet showing of the talents of Megan with her enterprise, Megan Jane's Cakes, the cakes are all still available at the new location.

"We have plans for this place but it is early days," Ms Parkins said.

"We hope to do some work on the front to make it an indoor-outdoor feel."

Those who love the home-made cakes and meals will not be disappointed.

Ms Parkins said that the menu had not had many changes.

"We cater for take away and dining in. We open at 5.30am and locals are in for their coffee or breakfast before they head off to work.

"We have certainly had customers come in from Providence and Ecco Ripley developments so it is an exciting time ahead."

While the new location has a new 'fit out' in the kitchen, the same familiar staff will still greet customers.

"We have been able to employ a local team member and expect to have a few more," she said.

One big change for Ms Parkins is that she is now out with the customers far more.

"I used to be out the back away from the customers but now I get to see them," she said.

"Some know of me but don't know what I look like. I am enjoying having the contact."

Wild Poppy Café on Ripley Rd will soon be a sub-agent to sell The Queensland Times, something that the local community is also looking for.

Since the Ripley corner store left Ripley Township services like have been missing.

"We want to grow with the community, it is an exciting time," she said.