Horse box coffee shop to expand
By Sarah Wood | 15th August 2023
A small family coffee shop business is set to grow after just four months.
Paddy & Bear Ltd, owned by husband-and-wife team Emma and Mike MacDonald, opened in a converted horse box at Brockworth Garden Centre in April.
On Saturday (August 19), the coffee shop will open indoors at the garden centre, with the horse box ready to hire for events.
Initially, Paddy & Bear was open five days a week. This soon became six days a week and now the indoor coffee shop is set to open seven days a week.
Emma and Mike took on three staff members last month, and eldest daughter, Aliya, also lends a hand.
The business uses very local suppliers, including coffee from Ethical Addictions in Staverton, juices from Bensons in Cheltenham, cakes from JR Cakes in Quedgeley and cookies from Cookies on the Edge in Brockworth.
Paddy & Bear has already picked up a loyal following of customers.
Emma MacDonald said: "We've got quite a few regulars who come back every week, and quite a big vegan following. We've got a big vegan range, including vegan toasties, vegan cakes and three alternative milks. We also try to have at least two gluten free cakes available every day."
With the indoor coffee shop opening at Brockwoth Garden Centre, the horse box is available for events. Paddy & Bear is licensed and can be used for everything from private hire, including weddings, to local fetes and festivals.
Its first event will be Witcombe Festival in Brockworth at the end of the month.
Emma continued: "There will be people who go to the festival for the music who don't want to drink alcohol and there will be people who are driving who can't drink alcohol, so we will be providing the coffee and cake!"
Paddy & Bear's new indoor coffee shop at Brockworth Garden Centre will be opened at 10am on Saturday August 19 by Julie Kent MBE, founder of Emily's Gift charity.
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