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Published May 6th 2016
Update May 12th 2018
Business has relocated to shop 3/66 Bloomfield St, Cleveland QLD 4163
Go into a Cafe to buy a coffee - go home with a dining table
At long last the days are a little cooler around South East Queensland. I tend to walk more with the softer mornings; none of this insisting on running between the air conditioned house and car business that so sums up Brisbane summers. Fresh air and sun on your skin and the makeup not sliding off your face. Yes, walking in the outdoors has become a pleasurable experience once again. Don't you agree?
It was on one of these recent jaunts that I came across an interesting little cafe that I'm sure wasn't there last time I looked, or at least I didn't notice when we last drove past. Creative Alice at 193 Middle Street, Cleveland, is past the main shopping precinct, a few blocks short of the Ferry Terminal and only a few minutes walk from the RSL.
The street scape is warm and inviting, and a popular spot for a cuppa in the morning sun. This area is also canine friendly and there are dog cushions provided to make your four legged friend feel most welcome too.
The hero of this little establishment however, is the range of giftware available to purchase. Shelves are crammed with interesting bits and pieces and it really is a visual delight. Aly, the proprietor, explained that their speciality was vintage and antique furniture, and boy, did that come through loud and clear. How lovely is this ?
So all the signs for chalk paint started to make sense. Not sure about chalk paint? Neither was I. I had visions of kids playing hopscotch in the street (showing my age here) or decorative signs on blackboards used for advertising purposes.
Chalk paint can be used to paint almost anything - walls, kitchen cabinets, metal, wood and even fabric. More importantly, it works on furniture without sanding and priming. Pretty handy for value adding to distressed timber pieces, I would imagine.
Okay, so I lied. The hero of Creative Alice is really the back garden where you can also relax with your cake and coffee. Vintage cups and saucers of course. I know where my next girlie coffee catch up is going to be.
With such gorgeous surroundings it shouldn't surprise that these premises are also used to deliver Creative Writing Workshops. The next Workshop will be delivered by Canberra writer, Kate Kituai, on 15th May, 2016. Here is further information about this event and you can contact Aly on 07 3134 3899 for more.
Every few weeks Creative Alice has a clairvoyant on board. My girlie coffee catch up looks like turning into a big day, doesn't it? Isn't it simply amazing the different things we can discover when we are out and about on foot? Go and get those walking shoes on.