Al­bany High­way icon closes its doors

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

Af­ter serv­ing the Great South­ern re­gion with end­less amounts of spooky de­lights, the Creepy Hol­low cafe has closed its doors.

Sit­u­ated on Al­bany High­way, Beau­fort River, the Hal­loween­themed Creepy Hol­low Cafe Restau­rant was the only one of its kind in Aus­tralia, with a cafe at one end and a shop at the other.

Cafe owner Toni-Marie Jol­ley and part­ner Jim Whitwell have spent the past five years in­cor­po­rat­ing the theme into the cafe as much as they can.

With some­thing spooky in ev­ery cor­ner, Creepy Hol­low be­came a hotspot for chil­dren and tourists.

“It has been quite a jour­ney but I guess that’s just how life is,” Mr Whitwell said.

“One jour­ney ends and an­other one starts.”

Mr Whitwell said the de­ci­sion to close the store came last month.

“Our lease is up, so we were just think­ing to our­selves ‘do we want to tie our­selves for an­other five years or do we want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent?’,” he said. “So we thought to our­selves ‘nah, stuff it’. We bought a car­a­van and are go­ing car­a­van­ning for two years.”

Mr Whitwell said it had been a long and bumpy ride to keep the cafe afloat for the past five years.

“I’m not go­ing to say it’s been easy — it’s been hard for ev­ery­body who owns a busi­ness in re­gional WA,” he said.

The cou­ple are ex­cited by the prospect of be­ing semi-re­tired and trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia with their car­a­van.

Creepy Hol­low Cafe Restau­rant co-owner Jim Whitwell.

Cafe own­ers Jim Whitwell and Toni-Marie Jol­ley.

The cafe be­came a hotspot for chil­dren and tourists.

Some­thing creepy awaited cus­tomers at ev­ery turn.

The Hal­loween theme was ev­i­dent through­out the space.

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