THE dream lives on for Studley cafe owner Ella Clarke as the community rallies round to support her business.
Bumbles Coffee House opened last November in the former HSBC building on the Alcester Road in the village.
For former regional sales manager Ella it was the realisation of her ‘back burner dream’ – until coronavirus struck.
“It was something I always wanted to do but it was never the right time,” she said.
“I was a stay at home parent for five years but then my son started school and around December 2018 we sat down and looked at it to see if there was a viable business plan.
“I spoke to some friends and everyone was saying give it a go, so I did,” said Ella, who’s husband Lee runs Claybank Landscapes.
The independent cafe proved an instant hit, with coffee, tea and the hot favourite of customers – Becky’s Brownies made in nearby Warwick – really taking off.
However Covid-19 brought the shutter down just months after the grand opening.
“We decided to re-open a few weeks ago – I felt I had to do something or else there wouldn’t be a business to come back to,” said Ella.
Operating a click and collect system – as well as accepting drop-ins for takeaway coffees and cakes – locals have once again shown their support and after initially opening on a just a few days a week the Bumbles is steadily expanding its operating hours and opening times.
For more details, visit https://www.bumblescoffeehouse.co.uk/