New cafe adds to Bay appeal
What do a Porirua real estate agent and an English scientist have in common? A new cafe in Titahi Bay.
Kristen Zaloumis and Angela McGann started Lifeboat Cafe in Bay Drive last month.
Neither of the women had worked in hospitality before, but McGann, who trained as a scientist, said it was no big deal.
’’ It’s just mixing ingredients rather than mixing chemicals,’’ she said.
McGann said being a mother of five meant she had plenty of experience in cooking.
The co-owners met in November at an open home run by Zaloumis.
McGann had just moved from Britain and the two became firm friends.
Zaloumis said the cafe idea came about after a few wines and laughs.
‘‘It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind,’’ she said.
‘‘ This totally all came about because we love cooking and had a laugh together.’’
She said one of the secrets to their popularity was the coffee.
‘‘That’s the key – having the best barista. That’s what draws people in.’’
Zaloumis said business was better than they expected.
‘‘The locals have really tried to help us out. It has been going really well.’’
The pair trawled second-hand shops to give the cafe a new look before opening.
They have gone for a beach feel that welcomes even people who are in wet togs, and have sandy feet.
‘‘ We’ve changed everything. That’s what I want. It’s casual,’’ Zaloumis said.
‘‘We want it to have that atmosphere where people feel at home.’’
The business is family-run with their children helping out on the weekends. Everything is homemade. Zaloumis said they hoped more people would enjoy Titahi Bay Beach because of the cafe.
‘‘Down here it’s amazing. We want to bring more people down this way.’’
Exciting venture: Lifeboat Cafe owners Kristen Zaloumis, left, and