A Minyama art and framing business has launched a new gallery cafe, something the owners hope will add to the growing company and offer a unique space for customers.
After taking over Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery – formerly known as Caloundra Art and Framing Gallery – in 2017, Paula and John Gowland have expanded their business, opening The Artist Cafe on April 30.
With the business growing, the cafe allows customers and artists to enjoy a coffee and browse the gallery while waiting for a consult.
“When we took over, we had five team members and we’ve grown the business and we now have 16 team members,” Ms Gowland says.
“We have seven framers out the back, four consultants who help you design the frames and a graphic designer and now two cafe staff.”
Ms Gowland says she was looking to relocate earlier this year after outgrowing the current space, but when the shop next door became available the Gowlands decided to take over the lease.
“There was a cafe there previously, so we decided to keep the cafe. We wanted to create a space where people could come in and relax and look at the artwork in a space like it was in their own home.
“It’s a great space to show what we can do with framing and the art we have.
“We are quite a busy framing shop – there are times when a consultation for us can take up to an hour. We just found there were still people waiting.
“Now having a cafe allows our customers to enjoy a coffee and enables us to give the time and dedication to making the piece beautiful and correct rather than rushing through to get everybody served.”
The Artist Cafe serves Bear Bones Coffee as well as food from local supplier CK Wholefoods and sweet treats from The German Bakehouse.
“The response we’ve had on the coffee is amazing, people absolutely love the coffee,” Ms Gowland says.
“We are also partnered with CK Wholefoods, so they are providing all our cafe food. We have tandoori chicken wraps to vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free products.
“We have something for everyone, and it’s all delivered fresh every day.”
Ms Gowland says she loves her role consulting and creating something special for clients and artists.
“We are very lucky to be working in the framing industry. We get the chance to meet amazing artists and work with amazing people.
“We do tend to make people cry when they pick up their artwork because they are so thrilled.
“It becomes a really exciting reveal; they are so excited to see the finished product.
“We also work a lot with consumers who have a special keepsake or something they want to frame to create a memory, and that’s where we put that special touch.”
Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery and The Artist Cafe is located on the Nicklin Way, Minyama, next to Pillow Talk.
The cafe is open to the public Monday to Saturday. Visit artframes.com.au