Business

Seed of an idea taking shape in a very big way

NEW VENTURE: Co-owners of Seed Coffee Hayley Dunikowski and Elisha Rashleigh at the Limestone Street cafe.
NEW VENTURE: Co-owners of Seed Coffee Hayley Dunikowski and Elisha Rashleigh at the Limestone Street cafe. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH CBD's Centrepoint Boulevard is home to a new business enterprise, Seed Coffee, and brings its own fresh and warm presence to a centre known for interesting and creative things.

It offers an alternative in another part of town and is another option for locals to consider when looking for a good coffee and great location.

Elisha Rashleigh and Hayley Dunikowski are friends and now business partners who had the idea of opening a business about nine months ago.

"We opened on January 13 this year and while we have been thinking about it for a while it has been really the last six months as things really came together," Ms Rashleigh said.

These two mums, who each have three children, established a cupcake business.

"We started the business up together, it trades as The Sweetest Things Queensland, and we specialised in cupcakes. We still sell them but our focus is broader with the cafe," she said.

Ms Rashleigh is a wedding cake maker and the two put their skills into making wonderful cakes and other delicious delights for the menu.

After 12 months in cupcake making, Ruth and Hans Booij approached the duo about opening a cafe in their centre.

"Opening up our own business has been a dream of ours, taking on this venture is huge but we want our children to see that we have a dream, put in the hard work and have a successful business that will continue to grow," Ms Dunikowski said.

Seed Coffee is about boutique coffee.

"We want to foster the culture of good coffee in Ipswich," Ms Rashleigh said.

"The culture to me is about enjoying good coffee, in a stylish venue that is comfortable and you can have a casual lunch or morning or afternoon tea.

"People should be able to enjoy having a coffee in Ipswich."

The duo works with the existing coffee shops. They believe it is about offering a range of experiences and tastes.

At Seed Coffee you can dine indoors, be in the arcade, on the roadside or even find yourself tucked away within Country House where you are surrounded with a myriad of interesting things and have privacy and peace.

"If you go into Country House we have comfy lounges that are in a private space."

People on the go can enjoy a full take away service as well.

Seed Coffee is open from 7am serving breakfasts that are available all day on the menu.

"People are enjoying coming in. At the moment we have poached eggs, bacon and mushrooms, but we have had people ask for toast and vegemite and we will serve that too. It is about what our customers want," she said.

According to Ms Rashleigh, the most popular dish on the menu is currently the smash avocado with Danish feta on sour dough.

"We have lamb salad, lamb and roast vegetable salad, croissants, Turkish melts. We have a range of meats and salads, it provides for quality food but presented in a more interesting and inviting way," she said.

For those interested in the cake selection, this includes the traditional European cheesecake, a delightful orange cake, brownies and more.

"We make many things in our kitchen and we also have a local supplier that we do get some cakes from. We have our tasty cupcakes. These can be also ordered for larger quantities.

"We are using The Single Guys coffee. It is a beautiful blend that has undertones of chocolate and berries.

"It is a unique blend, a sweet coffee. In fact we have had a number of our clients tell us that they do not need to use sugar. It is very popular," Ms Rashleigh said.

The Single Guys is a specialty coffee company based in Brisbane.

They are established in the western suburbs and reflect what the women are seeking to achieve by having a focus on sophistication, character and integrity. They are pleased with the coffee and the response to it.

The cafe is open 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 1pm on Saturday. They are at 17 Limestone St, Ipswich.

For more information or bookings call 3281 9696.

Topics:  ashley jones, better business, ipswich business, opinion



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