Marigold Haus, a Brisbane favourite community, coffee and creative space, has opened in Ashgrove, offering more than just a place to enjoy a morning brew.
In modern western culture, marigold flowers are believed to represent positive emotions and energy. With their bright yellow and orange petals, marigold flowers epitomise joy and optimism. Just like the flowers, Marigold Haus
in Ashgrove embodies this meaning offering a space to meet for not only positivity but also sustainability, creativity, community, connection, and coffee.
Built on a Dream
Marigold Haus was created by its founder Madison (Madi) Debnam with a very clear intention in mind. "Marigold Haus started as a dream of combining a few of my loves I've worked in the specialty coffee industry for over a decade. In addition to being a creative myself, and a yoga teacher I like to have my feet in lots of different doors! As a mum, my little boy was 10 months old when I decided that having a baby wouldn't stop me from pursuing my goals."
So at that time, Madi opened the doors to Marigold Haus in The Gap in Brisbane's west. Now 12 months later, the store has expanded and moved an easy 10 minutes down the road to Ashgrove providing a little more space, exposure, and closer proximity to the city and its surrounding suburbs.
What is the ethos behind Marigold Haus? Madi explains that: "It's important to me that my space isn't just a cafe. I want it to be a place where people can come and feel safe, and welcome and hopefully create some new special connections with other people in the community - and have a coffee and sweet treat while they're there."
With all of that in mind, what is it like when you step inside the doors of Marigold Haus? Well, there is nothing routine or franchised about Marigold Haus. It is 100 percent individual with its own unique warm character and style.
Bright painted walls including some in a rich ochre, long wooden tables made for conversation and an eclectic collection of pieces together with soft lighting create a relaxed mood. Did I mention the healthy scattering of lush indoor plants which bring a natural freshness to the shop?
Outdoor wooden scandi stools under the front awning on the footpath invite visitors to meet, rest and watch the passing goings on as well as being a spot for you and your pup to relax and enjoy a beverage.
Now, for something to eat and drink. Marigold Haus serves up Moondog Coffee from Eumundi Coffee Roasters and there is also a loyalty program for regulars. If you look in the cabinet you will be delighted to find locally made raw treats, and amazing organic baked goods by Woolloongabba microbakery, Indie Bakehouse. Be sure to also check out the best sourdough from Indie Bakehouse each Wednesday, which is beautifully accompanied by Echo Valley eggs, a holistic, regenerative farm based in the Southern Downs.
A Conscious Retail Space
Marigold Haus is also what Madi calls a "conscious retail space" with a selection of pieces where everything on the shelves has been carefully selected to align with her values. Each product has been made with good intentions to consider the planet and people.
So far nothing has been manufactured off Australian shores (except for some amazing hand-blended teas and balms by a New Zealand-based naturopath) and certainly nothing made in bulk or mass-produced. During my visit, I spotted sweet handmade children's toys, pottery, books, greeting cards, earrings, oils and more.
They would be perfect for picking up an Easter or Mother's Day gift or something special for yourself I thought. "Some things I always consider when sourcing stock are whether they are small batch, sustainable, ethical, and local (with as little travel miles as possible)"
, Madi said.
Personally building a connection with the makers is something that Madi loves doing.
A Meeting Space for Mothers
The former store of Marigold Haus in The Gap was a meeting space for parents and the Ashgrove store wants to continue this tradition as a place for parents, carers and bubs to connect, chat and caffeinate. So that ticks the child-friendly criteria.
Book Exchange - The Marigold Library
The back room of the cafe is home to The Marigold Library with a collection of books that are brought and re-homed by visitors to share the chance to read and find your next favourite title. You never know what new read you are likely to come across. It's a wonderful idea and further strengthens the sense of community and importantly supports reading and literacy.
Some of the plans for Marigold Haus include running some small creative workshops in-store as well as introducing some live acoustic bottomless chai afternoons. Sounds like fun.
To experience Marigold Haus for yourself, the store is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 12:30 and is located at 334 Waterworks Road Ashgrove, a main thoroughfare road in Ashgrove to and from the Central Business District. Ashgrove is 5 kilometres from the CBD
Marigold Haus neighbours the Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant, an Ashgrove landmark that is so famous that it even featured in episodes of the children's classic, Bluey
Its other neighbours are Mt Saint Michaels Secondary School and the Ashgrove library so it makes coffee and a chat before and after school and book drop-offs that much more fun.
Street parking is available and Council buses stop outside.
If your looking for a unique and creative space offering real connection, community and coffee then be sure to visit Marigold Haus in Ashgrove.
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