Here at A Mother Place Crosby we believe passionately about championing local ladies who are an inspiration to the rest of us.
In our latest interview series we met up with the Laura from Brew Coffee and Kitchen. Laura, a mum of 3 young children and a pharmacy technician by background has recently bought the site that was formerly Roast Coffee and Kitchen. Laura will be making a few changes to the venue and menu and plans to open Brew Coffee and Kitchen on 1st March (TBC).
But why change career from pharmacy technician to restaurant owner? We met up recently to find out more…
Tell us a bit about yourself and Brew Coffee and Kitchen…
I am Laura and I am 33 years old. I am a mum to 3 beautiful children aged 11 months, 5 and 7. I have a long-suffering husband Jason who is my childhood sweetheart and unofficial 4th child. So, without running a business my life is busy!
Brew Coffee and Kitchen is a brand-new community meeting place for those from all walks of life. We are “Another place to meet”.
Our décor is inspired by Anthony Gormley’s Another Place and the beautiful and tranquil views of Crosby beach. To complement this theme, we are proud to be serving the iron men blend coffee from our friends at Crosby Coffee. If the wonderful aromas of coffee are not enough to please your senses, we will be offering a menu you will want to devour.
Our food and new menu is inspired by the street food of New York City. We want to show you that street food isn’t just something you want to eat in a hurry. It is the kind of food you want to experience and savour. You will soak up the atmosphere while enjoying the creative flavours of the “oh-so-delicious” dishes we have to offer.
What was your light-bulb moment for setting up Brew Coffee and Kitchen?
My profession is actually pharmacy. I am a qualified accuracy checking technician and MHRA accredited Responsible person. I have worked in pharmacy since I started working at Alexanders Pharmacy as Saturday girl when I was 14 years old. But my dream has always been to own my own coffee shop. We used to joke about it in work when we were fed up, saying how I would one day just quit my job and follow my dreams!
Then, I was off on maternity leave with my 3rd child and had the BEST 9 months I have ever had. I just did not want to go back to working in the pharmacy ever again! So, I decided to start collecting information about local properties and businesses for sale. The next thing I know a huge opportunity comes my way in the form of Roast coffee and kitchen! So, here I am today. About to embark on one of the biggest adventures of my life.
What’s been your biggest challenge to date?
My biggest challenge has been taking the leap of faith. Quitting my profession of 18 years and following my dreams! Having kids and running a business is the easy part … Right??
How do you juggle being a working mum and running your own business?
Like all mums would probably say, I am just winging it! I am a normal girl who lives a crazy life. But I love every second of the madness, chaos and laughter.
Some days are really tough, and you feel like you don’t have everything under control. But if we are honest no one has every aspect of their life running perfectly. There will always be high and low points no matter what you do in life.
It’s all about balance and making sure that you rule the business and the business doesn’t rule you.
Who inspires you and why?
My mum. My mum sadly passed away in 2013. We had a bond like no other. After I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when I was just 12 years old, we became inseparable. She was my person. It is only now that I am a mother, that I can begin to comprehend what my mum and dad went through. Losing mum was the hardest thing I have ever had to endure.
I have come to realise in the years after her passing that she was and is my inspiration for everything that I do. She was my biggest cheerleader, she pushed me to be the best that I can be, and she taught me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
If she were to be here with me now, she would be on cloud nine. She would be shouting from the rooftops that her daughter owned her own restaurant (she would make things up and tell people I had a Michelin star, because that is what mum’s do!). It sounds cliché but life is short, follow your dreams and make your time a good one.
What are you most excited about for your new venture Brew Coffee and Kitchen?
I am so excited to take on this new venture. I feel lucky to be fortunate enough to have this amazing coffee shop in a fabulous town.
The community of Waterloo and Crosby is like no other.
I am Crosby born and bred and look forwards to creating a community hub that serves amazing coffee and delicious food.
Any words of wisdom for other #CrosbyMamas?
Everyone is just winging it. On some days I amaze myself, but on other days I go to important meetings with cheerios’ in my hair!
We can’t always be perfect and being a mum is the hardest but most rewarding job in the world.
Its about owning your decisions and making the best of what you have.
What’s next for Brew Coffee and Kitchen?
Over the next 12 months I hope that Brew will build up its already well-established customer base. We will not only be a safe haven for those who want to kick back, relax, eat, drink and enjoy our cosy atmosphere.
We will be hosting a variety of clubs and classes, from mum and baby groups to evening art classes.
Brew is another place to meet and will offer something for everyone! Keep a look out in April/May when our secret project will be revealed!
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