This is me Alessandra, turned 30 this year in feb during lockdown…this is my second child Demi-Leigh born in January during lockdown…at home with no midwives present 😂I also have a 3 year old boy 🙃
I used to have a 9-5 job from the age of 17-27, moved to London, then to Spain, then back to Mk, I was unfulfilled, I’d listen to motivational podcasts all day and try not to fall asleep at my desk, so after ten years working a full time office job, I went part time and studied nutrition on my two days off a week, Jake was a personal trainer so I thought we could do something together…we then got pregnant in 2018, I had an intuition to not tell my boss until I legally had to at 25 weeks. The day after I told him, he sacked me (went to court)..at 25 weeks pregnant I struggled to get a job, So my dad kindly let me work a few hours in his coffee shop to basically pay the mortgage.
Jake suggested I started cooking healthy meals for his clients to earn some money…so I created low calorie tasty meals and it snowballed… I ended up having my own kitchen unit with a chef and a kitchen assistant making almost 500 meals each week.
We then got the opportunity to take over the cafe inside Fitness First in November 2019, lockdown shortly happened after, having a place inside a big brand had many problems we also had no access to the cafe during lockdown. So throughout lockdown I managed to survive financially with a lot of afternoon tea & treat boxes, brought a trailer turned it into a coffee and cake trailer, saved and saved!💪🏼
We decided we should look for two units next to each other as Jake also had to be out of his gym at the same time, we looked for 6 months, many times I thought I should give up and work for someone else, until we finally found the units we are in! 🤩
I get asked often, did we get a business loan? No. We worked our arses off, we had no social life (and still don’t) we borrowed a tiny bit from two family members and the rest we maxed out credit cards 😅
Jake managed to get his gym open in 2 weeks and the cafe open in 4 weeks as we started running out of money and needed to open 🤣
It has always been a dream of mine, I’m so grateful how busy the cafe is from day 1, I didn’t consider how relentless it is, how difficult staff can be. How much I have to keep on top of everything constantly. Plus being a mum of two 🥴
However, I am so thankful to everyone that comes in and my amazing team, we’re all still learning daily and trying to be better and do better 💕 we will get there.
The cafe is my third baby, I absolutely love being there. It's completely different to anywhere in Milton Keynes with a cake counter of cakes made in house daily, everything is made fresh including the hollandaise sauce haha which is so rare for some reason. It's not fast food, it's fresh food! And our coffee is soooo good, we use Wooden Hill local coffee roaster, everyone compliments the coffee daily!
You can pop in for a coffee and cake date with a mummy friend with your lil ones or you can come for a nice brunch date with the boyfriend or come with a group of friends for some predrinks tasting our fab cocktails.
We have so many events planned; Afternoon Teas, Bottomless brunches and more.
Hope to see you soon!