Bakerys new venture is popular
DESPITE a 2am start preparing for the opening of the new cafe section of Evans Head Bakery in Oak Street, owner Mick Aarts was energised by the success of the first day.
"I can't believe how the locals have come in to support us," he said.
"We had done 100 coffees by 10am after opening at 6am and in the last hour-and-a-half we've done another 100."
The premises that had previously housed a kebab shop and an NRMA office had stood empty for some time before Mick, wife Helen and daughter Sandra decided to expand their bakery business situated next door.
"We're really giving somewhere for locals to sit," Mick said.
"Customers would often come in and buy something then sit in the street to eat it."
Mick said the bakery had always sold coffee, so it was a natural progression for them to provide a place for customers to drink it.
"We will also do toasted sandwiches but that will be all as we want to keep it simple and easy," he said.
Despite the concerns many small businesses have with current financial conditions, Mick is optimistic.
"With the carbon tax you can be worried about it or you can be pro-active," he said.
"People still want coffee and to have a choice to go to different places.
"This is about giving them that."