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Published July 27th 2017
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If you heard the name Chapter, you'd probably think it was a bookshop. If you walked past, you'd think coffee shop. So which is it? A coffee shop or a bookshop? Lucky for Yeppoon it's both.
Located parallel to the beach, one street back in Hill Street, Chapter has a funky Metropolitan, urban street cred, architecturally designed feel to it. There are comfy cushioned benches, elevated black welded bar stools and regular sit at table seats for all to enjoy. Chapter brings a vibe and style of design not seen in Yeppoon before.
From their Fonzie and Abbott 6,12 and 16 oz cups of caffeine, through to their coffee grinds body scrub, and their eclectic mix of all things books, Chapter has changed the cafe scene of Yeppoon.
Chapter prides itself in going local. They use local milk from cows in the Rockhampton caves, their furniture comes from HB & Co in Rockhampton and Marsha from the Ginger Hut makes the sugar indulgences.
Chapter are keeping the beverage side of things simple they focus on coffee and little more. There are no pre-order apps or the phone in your orders, there's no freshly made juices or milkshakes. They offer coffee, water, soft drink and face to face contact each and every time you order. Now that's different. Oh, and they do have a small range of sweet treats to keep the hunger pangs at bay. Even fido is catered for with a water bowl and a quiet place to curl up.
The siblings seem to have a kind of shorthand, each anticipating the other's next move keeping the coffee flowing. The two of them create a cool, relaxed vibe that reverberates through to their customers. As does the artwork in the short walk through the car park next door. Larger than life murals depict local scenes and characters from Yeppoon. Music is the other big part of Chapter's vibe.
Chapter's music is deep, deep lounge to be exact. What's that you ask? So did I. Apparently it's smooth, easy listening versions of your favourite songs. So the tunes sound new but actually it's your old favourites changed up a bit. And the babies can be seen bopping to the bass in the beats.
The beats are the perfect accompaniment for the books. Indie authors, self-help, motivational and children;s. The siblings aim to stock books that you might not necessarily find in mainstream retail. A little bit different to the first shelf you see in BigW. Old favourites like the Hungry Caterpillar, to popular cult The Little Book of Hygge through to motivational books like Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You are just some of their titles.
While the range of books might have been small to star, Chapter now boasts over 300 titles to choose from. And then there is the Author Talks. Local Author (and Rhys and Sarah's mum!) Nene Davies recently launched her new book Redhanded here as did popular Brisbane author Amy Andrews and there are more author talks planned.
Sarah and Rhys aren't to be caught red handed when it comes to the future of Chapter, they have some great plans for the cafe come bookstore. Writing workshops, a place for collaborative creativity, book clubs, writing space and more.
How much more? You'll just have to stay tuned for the next Chapter to find out.