Why the owners of Nourish Café are selling up

TOUGH CHOICE: Nourish Cafe owner Jessica Chapman, pictured here when the business opened, and her family are selling up.
TOUGH CHOICE: Nourish Cafe owner Jessica Chapman, pictured here when the business opened, and her family are selling up. Rob Williams

A POPULAR Ipswich café has been put on the market less than two years after it opened, but the sale hasn't come about because the owners are struggling to make ends meet.

Nourish Café owner Jess Chapman said business was steady since the doors opened in July 2015, an achievement that took almost a year of planning and preparation.

Now Jess, an Ipswich born and raised entrepreneur, has been forced to walk away from the venture on Brisbane St.

She owns and runs the business in partnership with her parents and an unforeseen family issue has sparked the move to sell.

It's a regrettable outcome, but one Jess said couldn't be avoided.

"Business has been really good since we opened and has been a bigger deal than we expected," Jess said.

Jess is a trained naturopath with severe food intolerances.

Her personal struggle to find suitable food while eating out formed a large part of the inspiration for shaping Nourish as a café serving organic and ethically sourced food.

Nourish Real Food Cafe owner Jessica Chapman at the newly opened location in Brisbane Street back in July 2015.
Nourish Real Food Cafe owner Jessica Chapman at the newly opened location in Brisbane Street back in July 2015. Rob Williams

Every detail of the business has been thoughtfully built and designed from the hand carved tables to the plant wall at the back of the café.

"This place has literally been built on my blood sweat and tears," Jess said.

 "Some people don't realise how much goes into it. They think businesses just pop up out of nowhere but it takes a lot of effort and time."

For the first couple of weeks Jess, and her father who runs the café with her, worked 16 hour days, seven days a week.

Even their best efforts to scale that back has them working ten hours a day with an average of three days off each fortnight.

"It's hard to walk away," Jess said.

"If the new owners want me to stay on and help manage it I will."

Jess said she was most proud of her staff and that her family had created jobs in Ipswich.

"We have about 10 staff and they're a really good group; they've really helped me out.

"To be able to do that I created a business that in turn created employment; that makes me proud. I created jobs - how many people can say that?"

The café has been listed for sale by iThink Property for $249,000 + Stock At Value. 

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