PHOTOS: Calliope's new, but vintage coffee shop
CALLIOPE's newest coffee shop has a touch of vintage and the town's history.
Coffee Ink opens tomorrow in the Supa IGA complex after Robyn Korting and her husband Dieter spent weeks refurbishing what was formerly Annabelle's Coffee Shop.
Vintage furniture was up-cycled and timber from a gold miner's cottage dating back 100 years has been used in the furnishings.
Three years ago Dieter's parents purchased a block of land on Ironmonger St, where the old cottage was.
They were told it needed to be taken down as it was too unsafe and old.
Since then the timber has sat in their shed, waiting for a purpose.
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It's one of the many interesting touches Mrs Korting has made to the store, another being the addition of local art. For the next three months Tracey Barlett's artwork will be displayed and sold in the cafe.
"People have been very interested in the themes within the decor.
"We have little pieces of bric-a-brac and homewares, and some of our friends have given us old items of their parents' and grandparents' so there are lots of personal touches throughout the cafe," she said.
It's the first time Mrs Korting has owned a cafe. She opted for a career change after 13 years as a social worker.
Despite many businesses facing tough times in Gladstone, Mrs Korting is confident she's doing this at the right place and time.
"I think Calliope has the population and the community spirit to support our coffee shop."