Bittersweet: cafe owners thank customers for support
KINGAROY'S only vegan cafe will be closing its door for the last time next Friday.
The Giving Tree Cafe owners Angie Shoesmith and Jade Hancock said closing down after three years and eight months running the Kingaroy St business was bittersweet.
"We're a little bit heartbroken, but there's not really anywhere else in the whole of the South Burnett that offers what we offer, so it's been bittersweet,” Ms Shoesmith said.
They decided not to renew their commercial lease, as the three year lease was a big commitment for the business, which hand-makes every single product to ensure the food is friendly for those with strict dietary requirements.
"Every single thing in our cafe is made by us, it's a lot of work and a lot of hours behind the scenes,” Ms Shoesmith said.
The unique business has attracted a few famous faces over the years, such as Emma and Lachy from The Wiggles.
However, the best experience of running the cafe would be the friendships formed with regular customers, she said.
South Burnett residents and regulars at the cafe were what made their business a success and kept it running for more than three years, Ms Shoesmith said.
"That's probably the nicest thing I'll take away from this experience is all of the people we've got to meet and hang around with and form friendships with,” she said.
Only about 10 per cent of their customers were vegan and the rest just came to enjoy the good food, Ms Shoesmith said.
She said a vegan cafe in regional Queensland was rare and the business felt like a success in their niche market.
"It's been awesome, the response we've had over the years has just been awesome,” Ms Shoesmith said.
The business started when Ms Shoesmith and her business partner baked vegan cupcakes to sell at the Nanango markets every month, whilst still working full time.
"That's how The Giving Tree Cafe was formed, we quit our jobs, went on a limb and rode the wave,” she said.
Ms Shoesmith has no plans to venture back into hospitality in the near future, however she intends to stay in the South Burnett area.
The business owners would like to thank the community for their constant love and support over the years.
The Giving Tree Cafe's last day of trade will be Friday May 25.