Let’s celebrate a decade of good memories at Baileys 2 in Bury St Edmunds
At a time when businesses are shutting down and moving out of Bury St Edmunds town centre, an independent coffee shop is showing that it’s not all bad news for the high street.
Baileys 2 Coffee Bistro and Restaurant in Whiting Street is celebrating 10 years since it was taken over by husband and wife duo Louise and Dean Foster, after the pair decided to step out of their catering comfort zones and try something new.
“We had never run a business before and we had always been in catering and the hotel industry. It was the first time we’d done anything like this,” said Louise, 33, who hails from Thurston.
“It was quite daunting because we went in feet first without really knowing any of the extra stuff you should know.”
But the pair, who met at The Ickworth Hotel 14 years ago, took to the ground running, creating an entirely homemade menu – including chutneys and sauces – and offering everything from fruit smoothies to afternoon tea.
“I think that’s the main reason we’ve managed to keep a good customer base going,” said Louise.
“Some come in every day and tell us it’s their go-to place which is just lovely for us.”
Five years after taking over the business, Louise and Dean, who is from Wolverhampton, welcomed their first son Archie and later had Stanley, who is two.
And Louise said that juggling their young family and new business was made possible by their team of staff, led by manager Sarah.
“We’ve got a brilliant team at the moment and they’re just brilliant with the customers,” she said.
“They are like an extended family for us which really helps when you’re a small family run business.”
Among the couple’s highlights from the last 10 years is the annual Christmas Fayre, which each year sees them open all weekend.
“It’s always a challenge in itself but it’s really enjoyable,” said Louise.
“Really everything is a highlight – there are too many to count.
“It’s just the fact that we’ve grown and changed over the last 10 years and I feel now that we’ve really put our own stamp on the business.”
And Louise said that customers can expect much of the same in the years to come.
“People always say we should expand but for us we want to keep doing what we’re doing, doing it well and enjoying it,” she said.
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