Coffee culture in Grassy Park

2019-08-06 06:00

A Grassy Park couple has established a space where residents from the community can come together.

The family service station, located at Busy Corner, has been in the Jaffer family for almost 42 years.

Mohamed Bray (37) and his wife, Ayesha Jaffer, took over the family business two years ago and realised there was no coffee shop in the area. The couple then opened a Vida e Caffè in Grassy Park.

The 37-year-old said he reached out to the community and asked them whether the area needs a coffee shop. “Lots of people thought it would be nice to have a coffee offering in Grassy Park,” said Bray.

He said people in the community have responded well and have shown their appreciation for the coffee shop.

“This was the one luxury missing from Grassy Park.”

Bray said they have also hired locals to work in the store.

“We have had matriculants work in the store, employed people from the community and have also supported community initiatives,” he explained.

“A woman from Grassy Park has also launched her business from our store,” Bray continued.

“Coffee culture has come alive in Grassy Park. Saturday and Sunday mornings joggers and cyclists come in and enjoy their coffee.”

Bray said there is a certain stereotype that exists where you can’t be in Grassy Park, but suddenly on weekends, the shop is filled with people who are not from the community. Bray said this also created diversity in Grassy Park.

“This is an uplifting, feel-good moment which we never thought would happen. We just wanted to give the community coffee and locals a place to come and chill.”


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