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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Another coffee shop...

I've written posts before about the monthly coffee morning I have with a group of friends. We call ourselves the 'Newmarket Mums' and our friendships began when our children went to Newmarket State School (primary). We bonded during tuckshop duty, P&C meetings, fetes, street stalls, sewing bees etc. Our children went to many different high schools but our friendships continued. Then about 10 years ago a few of us started meeting monthly and gradually our group grew. We've met in a number of cafes in the Newmarket/Alderley area and for quite a while we've been meeting at Gloria Jeans at Newmarket. We get seniors' discount there and on request the coffee/tea is served in a china cup rather than the ubiquitous paper/polystyrene cups.   

But last Sunday we went somewhere different...
I don't live in Newmarket any more but a number of the ladies do, and they have been 'singing the praises' of a little coffee shop that has been there for a few years now. So for our September coffee meet, we went there...I parked my car in the street parallel to the street where I grew up, so as soon as I got out of the car, the sweet memories started flooding back... 
I walked up the hill from where I parked and turned right and walked along Enoggera Rd until I got to this building...when I was a girl this was Bell's Furniture factory, an intriguing place to peep into as I walked past.

Now it is the home to Newmarket Hardware. That business used to be in the building next door but quite a few years ago, a local bought that building (and the business) and refurbished it and rented it out. He obviously also owned the old factory so moved the hardware store into there. Many of the older locals thought he was 'mad' but he's had the last laugh I think. Oh...you're probably wondering why I'm going on about this hardware store? 
Well the story goes that the owner's wife opened a gallery and tiny coffee shop at the back of the hardware store...and here it is...


My friend Sandra really liked this piece but as she is downsizing to a unit thought it best not to buy it :-)

The building is high off the ground at the back as the ground slopes sharply down towards Enoggera Creek

Here is the lovely owner of the Gallery B...


Coffees/teas are served in lovely china ,mugs , cups with matching plate/saucers...


It was so relaxing sitting on the back deck area...

There was art work everywhere...

Some of the other examples of china
 My friend Maddy had only recently returned from her Canada /Alaska tour

I took photos of the view from the deck...

Looking over the creek towards the suburb of Ashgrove...

Looking west; when I was a little girl, this area was market gardens...

The creek is quite dry at the moment with lots of gravel banks visible. The area of mowed grass on mid right is the back of the Newmarket Bowls Club
 I used the zoom for this photo...this photo shows the water tower in the suburb of Bardon. When I was a little girl I was fascinated by this structure that I could see from the tram stop on Enoggera Rd. My mum told me what it was and somehow I imagined that it was just magical. Didn't get to go and see it close up until I got my drivers' licence in my early 20s. Mind you, it didn't disappoint! lol

And in the Gallery there were the most beautiful items for sale...




My friends browsing
And as we were leaving my friend Robyn was even able to buy some fertiliser from the hardware part of the building! lol

Before I drove home I just had to take a photo of the little church in the street where I had parked. I went to Sunday school here in the late 50s through to the mid 60s. My friends had told me that it was no longer a church, it had been sold...

This church was built in 1958 and was quite a radical/avant garde  design. But I will write about its role in my life in another post. 

One of my friends has told me about a new coffee shop in Newmarket which is in a converted shipping container in the old Brickworks' site...so DH and I might have to check that one out too :-)

8 comments:

Dorothy said...

What a wonderful coffee shop and such a lush, peaceful view too. Perfect place for a get-together in my books. That church certainly is very interesting. Look forward to your post about it. xox

Noela said...

I enjoyed reading your post as I am not familiar with that area. Lovely that you still meet. Hugs......

Susan said...

its good to keep those groups going - and if you can discover quaint little places like that - all the better!

Vireya said...

That looks like a very nice place for a get together!

Becky said...

I LOVE your trips to coffee shops. This one looks so very interesting and what a beautiful view to behold.

Sue Niven said...

what a most delightful post! Love it that you ladies still meet. and what a lovely down the road memory lane trip for you too, Good luck on your next adventure, Coffee Shop Hunting, I love it!

Tanya Murray said...

I enjoy your pics of Brisbane's northern suburbs where I grew up and reading about the areas that were so familiar to me. I have lost a lot of my direction now and have to look up maps to orientate myself but the names are all familiar.

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

This looks brilliant Maria. You are the second person to mention this hardware/coffee shop. I'll be visiting next time I'm out for a coffee.