The former teacher who admits to being an avid coffee drinker but a novice in the cafe game, said she had been mentored by someone who ran successful cafes around Perth and was hoping their influence would rub off.
‘My mentor helped me get started with some great suppliers and with little coffee or barista experience, I made sure I hired an outstanding barista with a wealth of knowledge,’ Ms Fairclough said.
Having looked for a suitable place for two years, Ms Fairclough said Bassendean offered exactly what she was after ” character and friendliness as well as having a real community feel about it.
‘I had been looking for somewhere with character towards the eastern suburbs of Perth and this location seemed perfect for early morning commuters to get their fix,’ she said.
‘It’s a beautiful community, steeped in history and the locals are extremely friendly and have been so welcoming. We have made some wonderful friends already.’
Ms Fairclough said since opening she had been surprised at the popularity of the cafe, with its coffee and chocolate brownies becoming a hit.
‘Business has been absolutely awesome, so much so that I’m getting quotes for bigger fridges to keep up with demand for fresh lunches,’ she said.
‘We are hoping to continue our wonderful start and we would love to have a spin-off gift shop nearby.
‘The street is crying out for some lovely gift shops.’
To the Woods is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm, Saturdays 8am to 1pm and Sundays 8am to 1pm.