‘Kraftea coffee will offer somewhere safe to hang out’

KRAFTEA CUPPA Kathie East talks about her new business
KRAFTEA CUPPA Kathie East talks about her new business

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I HAVE a vision of a coffee shop that is open from 10am until 10pm which offers a safe place for people of all ages to hang out.

In my time at the homeless charity, I worked with more than 250 youths.

I discovered that there was nowhere in Fareham for them to hang out safely.

My coffee shop will give them that and also sell homemade food and drink along with craft items.

I make greetings cards and my friends produce lots of homemade products including handbags, jewellery and name plagues, which will be on sale in my shop.

Local crafters are being offered space to display their items too. The shop will also have opportunities for musicians to play.

The current economic climate makes finances a bit difficult, so to save money I have decorated the café myself with some friends.

Fareham College students are also creating a shop sign.

I have sourced furniture from second-hand shops and to give the place a shabby-chic feel I have bought china, tea-pots, cups and saucers.

Two Saints has asked me to put together a six to eight-week voluntary programme to give the youth an opportunity to gain confidence, key skills and development for future working prospects.

Kraftea Coffee is at 188 West Street, Fareham and is set to open on Monday, April 22 at 10am.

I have requested to have some police presence to help show local people that the coffee shop is a safe place to spend time and also encourage good communications between our whole community.

Come down and find out for yourself!

To get in touch about your crafts or music please email krafteacoffee@hotmail.com or you can always phone 07931 306751.