Stefan to check out of re:hab
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.
Shutting up shop: re:hab’s Stefan Hallin