Ste­fan to check out of re:hab

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IT’S been an in­sti­tu­tion for many cof­fee afi­ciona­dos seek­ing their daily caf­feine fix, but this Sun­day re:hab will serve its last espresso in Port Dou­glas.

A philo­soph­i­cal Ste­fan Hallin says he has no re­grets de­spite be­ing forced to wind up the busi­ness he and his for­mer part­ner, Melissa, es­tab­lished nearly five years ago.

Born out of an ex­ist­ing gift shop merged with a mu­sic store, re:hab had never fol­lowed a “con­ven­tional” model.

“Re:hab just evolved. For a while we did cre­ate a meet­ing place and fo­cal point for Port,” Mr Hallin said.

But a break­down in the re­la­tion­ship with his pre­vi­ous land­lord had forced a move to a new lo­ca­tion that had sim­ply not worked.

“Re:hab was very suc­cess­ful and still would be if we had re­mained in our orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion,” he said.

“Two hun­dred me­tres does make all the dif­fer­ence, es­pe­cially with our cli­mate. It’s ei­ther very hot or very wet and peo­ple won’t go that ex­tra dif­fer­ence no mat­ter how good the cof­fee is.

“Peo­ple are crea­tures of habit. When we shut our doors tem­po­rar­ily, a lot of our diehard cus­tomers found new homes and you can un­der­stand that. It hap­pens.”

The re:hab brand now will be taken to Cairns un­der the di­rec­tion of his 20-yearold son and pro­tégé, Os­car, who hopes to tap into the emerg­ing cof­fee cul­ture of Cairns.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for Os­car and I have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve he’ll be suc­cess­ful. He is good at what he does and has the get up and go to make it work,” he said.

As for his own fu­ture, Mr Hallin says a pre­vi­ous at­tempt at semi-re­tire­ment lasted only two-and-a-half years.

“I think John Len­non got it right way back when he said life is what hap­pens when you are busy mak­ing other plans,” he said.

Photo by CHAR­LIE MCKIL­LOP

Shut­ting up shop: re:hab’s Ste­fan Hallin

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