It was a perfectly sunny, Saturday afternoon, and we were sat in the pretty courtyard, listening to Joe McEvilly play some tunes on the piano. Partaking in the excellent coffee and brunch offering, we were further entertained by the odd guest vocalist (nee customer) joining in on the musical fun. Impressed and further intrigued by the friendly charm of the owners, we decided to delve in and feature this special small business.
Describe Aura espresso bar & cafe in a sentence.
A very welcoming and relaxed vibe with an amazing playlist to get your toes tapping.
What compelled you to open a cafe?
We always wanted to spend more time together and bring music, food, and coffee into our space. Glen has a background in hospitality and has been self-employed as a Personal Trainer for many years and I have owned and operated a couple of hair Salons before. So we put our knowledge, experience, and hard work ethic into doing this and then put in our own flavour to it with our love of music and creativity.
What do you see as your point of difference?
My husband is a singing, piano-playing barista, bringing live art and music into your dining experience.
Do you have any tips for husbands/wives who work together?
Only do it if you get along well, side by side, and like seeing each other 7days a week. Decide on your roles in the business before you start.
What aspect of running the business do you find most challenging?
Well, the lockdowns and changing our business model to “takeaway only” were challenging. Most challenging was not being able to keep our staff employed during those times.
What do you love most about what you do?
Talking to families and patting lots of dogs. Watching people smile when you bring them an amazing breakfast and they say “oh wow”. Hosting and catering for Bottomless Brunches, a huge hit for our business, with a 2-hour food & cocktail package.
If you could change anything about your current business, what would it be?
We wouldn’t change a thing, we love it!
What’s your latest creative obsession?
My obsession is the enjoyment of watching my husband (Glen) paint at the cafe. I can just sit and watch him, with a glass of red wine in hand. For Glen, it’s the creative and expressive freedom he needs.