Tuesday, August 3, 2010
One O Three
Ms Tagalong and Ms Mova have recently discovered a very wonderful place in our suburb and wanted to share it with you.
The smell of a freshly made cappuccino leads your nose down Union Street past the old pub. A humble blackboard welcomes you to One O Three. On Sundays between 10 and 12 the garage roller door is up and welcomes all residents to the café.
This, however, is not a regular retail café, although coin donations are gratefully received, but rather one born out of a sense of community. A place to chat, laugh and share ideas.
“Some of the best things start small and then grow,” said co-founder Dave as he explained the history of the community café. “It started with two families who knew they wanted to live together and was joined by a coffee connoisseur neighbour.”
“We acquired a second hand coffee machine and repaired it,” his friend Simon continued.
The pole pergola structure is a generous size affording cover to neighbours sitting on three plump lounges around a coffee table. A large dining table to the side is spread with Sunday papers and children run around the garden laid out with winding paths and artwork. A mural of buttons on a wall catches my attention.
“I made that,” Kya says proudly, “would you like to come and see the other art in our house?”
I clutch my frothy cup and meet some of the neighbours.