New owner brings 'Byron Bay' vibe to Lockyer highway cafe
IF you have been meaning to stop in to one of Forest Hill's most iconic shops, then you may be in for a pleasant surprise.
The Meaning to Stop cafe and shop is under new ownership and has undergone a makeover.
Step inside and new owner Catherine Kelso said it will feel like you've walked in to a store in the main street of Byron Bay.
Not only is cafe and store providing a different vibe, but there was also a variety of classes being offered to spark your creative side, learn a new skillset or get in touch with your spiritual side.
Ms Kelso said she plans to turn the cafe and shop in to a community hub, providing a space for local artists to come in and run workshops.
"I have been getting a hold of people in the local area to come in and share their craft and knowledge," Ms Kelso said.
"I want it to not just be a cafe or a place where people feel they have to come in and buy something but somewhere they can come and relax, soak up some good vibes and have a chat with people.
"A place where people really feel like they want to stop in."
Ms Kelso has organised a local potter to come in to run pottery workshops, which she said had been a real hit and spots had been booking out fast.
There will also be sandal making classes, tarot readings, jewellery making and a basket-making and a craft making class run by Indigenous women.
"There will be something new on all the time," she said.
"We have some really interesting creatives coming on-board like the guy who is running the sandal making class.
"If you look around Laidley you will see everyone with his sandals on their feet," she said.
"He will teach you how to make them right from drawing up the pattern to tanning the leather and hand-sewing them."
Ms Kelso has dubbed the shop a "happy, hippy haven" and the whole idea was to create a Byron Bay feeling when people stepped inside.
She said she was happy to chat to anyone who may be interested in running a workshop and to follow the Meaning to Stop cafe on Facebook page to keep up with what was on offer.
TEA HELPING COMMUNITY
SIP on your tea and give back to a community in need.
That's what's on offer with the new range of tea on offer at the Meaning to Stop cafe.
The tea has been sourced from private plantations in Sri Lanka that are run by the community that live there.
Ms Kelso said the money that is made from the tea helps provide education and medical assistance to everyone in the local community.
"It is a one source tea or single origin tea which means it's not sourced from places all around the word," she said.
"They can originate everything in their tea back to which plantation is was grown in. It's all organic and fair trade as well."
Ms Kelso said they use the tea in the cafe and customer had also been buying the wholesale bags that they had shipped in as they were enjoying it so much.
"The lemongrass and ginger tea is really popular," she said.
"The chai tea is delicious too and it's vegan, which is hard to find as most of them have milk powder added to them."