Blondie Brown is a brand new café that has opened on Dee Why’s main road and locals love it. The café has been busy ever since their opening in August, so Kezia from COVERED Magazine interviewed co-owner Nick to find out why people are so crazy about Blondie’s coffee and menu.
How old were you when you started the café?
30 years young.
When did you officially open Blondie Brown?
20 August 2015, we’re just over 2½ months old.
What made you take the leap to start your own cafe?
Jamie and I (Nick) have been friends for 25 years. We’ve grown up together, played in bands together, and as we matured it made sense to go into business together. Jamie is the coffee man. Obsessed with making the best espresso. He knows it inside out. It was his dream to open the café and I really got behind that.
The Northern Beaches is quite populated with coffee shops, was that a consideration when choosing to start the café?
There is a huge coffee culture in the Northern Beaches, and it’s growing. We wanted to be a part of it.
And sometimes lots of something is a good thing. Where would you go to buy a used car? Parramatta Rd. Why? Because you know there’s lots of car dealerships out there.
What was your thought process around choosing the location?
Dee Why is really the next Manly. So many awesome people are moving in, and there’s loads of development in the area. Our spot is great because we have loads of residence, a gym next door and local businesses – all looking for somewhere to get great coffee and something healthy to eat.
So how does Blondie Brown differ and stand out?
Our coffee is the best. We work with Adam at Little Italy Coffee Roasters and get some of the best beans from around the world to create a delicious blend that people are loving.
And we create really healthy, delicious breakfast and lunch options. We care about what goes into our bodies, and want to provide great health conscious food for people.
If you live on the western side of Pittwater Rd, there’s nothing really close by. We wanted to create a great space for people to come and enjoy without having to go to the beach.
Sounds great, so if I came to your café this afternoon what would you recommend I order?
‘Quinoa Egg Salad’
Two poached eggs, on a bed of quinoa, baby spinach, avocado and tomato salad, topped with a lemon and yogurt dressing.
Delicious, and nutritious….
Yum! What was the biggest risk factor for you guys when starting Blondie Brown and how did you overcome and deal with the fear of that?
It’s always a financial risk starting something from scratch. Especially when the location was not a similar business previously. No idea if it will work, if people will love it. But you just have to hang on to the dream you had at the start, and don’t let go of that.
What are your top three tips for young people looking to take the leap with starting their own business?
- Have a conservative financial forecast – it is much better to make more money than you planned than to run out of money when you need it most.
- Plan for the worst – most businesses fail because they choose not to think about all the things that could go wrong. If you plan for it, and it happens, you’ll be prepared to deal with it.
- HAVE FUN WITH IT. Don’t forget that.
These boys know how to impress any café goer. Their boutique roasted coffee is the best you’ll find on the Northern Beaches and the menu will be your favourite by far.
So head on down to Blondie Brown at 2/645-647 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW for an absolute café experience.