GLADSTONE is a thriving metropolis according to two of its newest business owners who have come from small towns out west.

Adam Stephenson and Christene Woods have moved here to take over café Jamaica Blue at Stockland Shopping Centre.

The café was refurbished last year to become part of the outside food court area, and is a constant buzz of traffic at the entrance of the centre.

Some of these pluses were the reasons its new owners decided to move their life from Kingaroy and Wondai.

Christene managed the Jamaica Blue in Kingaroy from its opening for the past three years, and before that worked in the same café with the owners for more than 20 years.

But Adam was running the pool in Wondai for the past 15 years, and the couple were living half an hour apart.

"We were living in two different towns and we wanted to do something that would bring us together," he said.

"We were on two different schedules and it made it hard to see each other."

Adam had his own "learn to swim" business and has been teaching swimming since he was 14.

"I know very little about coffee, but I do like food," he said.

The couple have spent the last few weeks receiving extra training in Sydney and in store over the last week. They officially take over on Monday, June 29.



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