Hid­den gem comes alive

Killing Time with Cof­fee wins gong

Gatton Star - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE | BUSINESS AWARDS - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

A CUP of smiles, a slice of cus­tomer ser­vice and a pinch of tasty treats is what you will find at Killing Time with Cof­fee.

The cof­fee shop, which has two lo­ca­tions, one in Gat­ton and the other at Plain­land, picked up the Mayor’s Award at the Lock­yer Val­ley Busi­ness, Tourism and Ap­pren­tice­ship awards this month.

For the mother-daugh­ter owner com­bi­na­tion, it was an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was great to watch mum’s face as they an­nounced Killing Time with Cof­fee,” Melissa Dunn said.

“I’d never seen her like that be­fore.”

Leanne White said she wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win.

“When we got the Mayor’s Award, I was sur­prised,” she said.

Killing Time with Cof­fee was also a fi­nal­ist in the food and din­ing cat­e­gory, along with peo­ple’s choice.

Af­ter Leanne’s hus­band passed away, Melissa en­cour­aged her to find some­thing to keep her oc­cu­pied.

The cof­fee shop Melissa and her fa­ther reg­u­larly vis­ited for lunch in Gat­ton was for sale, and she en­cour­aged Leanne to have a look.

That was nearly four years ago.

“It was all red, white and black, so I painted it and got some brighter chairs and pil­lows,” Leanne said.

“I haven’t fin­ished set­ting it up yet, I want to do more movie stick­ers on the wall and have a movie theme.”

They added to the menu, in­clud­ing ham­burg­ers, na­chos, eggs Bene­dict and a gluten free range, and em­ploy about 15 staff.

Although Leanne loves bak­ing and cook­ing, the tasks are shared among her staff, who all bring skills to the kitchen.

Two years ago, the duo opened their sec­ond store at Plain­land.

Ev­ery­thing is baked on site at Gat­ton, from le­mon­ade scones to cheese­cakes and brown­ies.

Leanne says the se­cret to a suc­cess­ful busi­ness is be­ing friendly, talk­ing to the cus­tomers and if some­thing is wrong – fix it.

“The cus­tomers say it’s a hid­den gem, tucked away at the back of the ar­cade in Gat­ton,” Leanne said.

“Un­til we got the new signs up, peo­ple couldn’t find us.”

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

KILLER CUPPA: Killing Time with Cof­fee own­ers Melissa Dunn and Leanne White.

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