A KIRKCALDY couple have achieved their pipe dream of setting up their own coffee shop in the town’s Hunter Street.
Robertsons opened its doors at the beginning of April and the business has been going from strength to strength ever since.
Owners Graham and Gill Robertson had been thinking about running their own coffee shop for a few years and had looked at premises in various places including Edinburgh, Perth and Crieff.
But it was when they saw the available outlet in Hunter Street that they decided to take the plunge and apply for planning permission to take over the former hairdressers and transform it into a homely coffee shop.
Gill said: “It has always been a pipe dream of ours to own and run a coffee shop. We had been talking about doing it for a few years. My mum and dad had a grocers shop when I was younger - I used to help out and I really enjoyed it.
“I had some time off work last year and it gave me a chance to put things into perspective and I thought it was time to have a career change. This was when we started thinking about seriously opening our own business. We were willing to move away from Kirkcaldy but when we saw the unit in Hunter Street, we thought it was ideal - it is such a lovely street.” Graham looked at footfall in the area and discovered it was busy, particularly over lunchtime periods with local businesses, and the couple decided to go for it. He said: “We have never done anything like this before. I have been working in manufacturing and Gill’s background is in finance. But we have both worked in customer service which is an important part of any business.”
Graham and Gill had to completely renovate the shop which involved laying new floors, knocking down walls and putting in a kitchen. And both had to practice homebaking - a skill they have now perfected - and as a result, delicious homebaked cakes is one of the treats Robertsons specialises in!
It also offers customers Illy coffee, a quality Italian brand, tea and various soft drinks as well breakfast dishes and lunchtime snacks such as paninis, baked potatoes, sandwiches and homemade soup. People also have the choice of sitting in or taking food away. Gill said: “We wanted to give our coffee shop a homely feel - I am spending a lot of time here so I wanted to make it as homely as possible. Customers can feel at home when they come in and we have comfortable seating to make it relaxing.”
Graham added: “All the businesses in Hunter Street have been very supportive - they have even been recommending us to their customers. We love being here.”