The former flight attendant will next month open her first cafe in Bassendean, called Holly Raye�s, on James Street.
Mrs Irving said it had been an exciting and scary venture.
�I always baked on the side and I was always interested in food,� she said.
�I have been wanting to do this for a couple of years; I spent my overnights in Melbourne exploring and doing research.
�I am sad to give flight attending away and I will miss my friends, but coffee is my true passion.�
With the grand opening set for September 22, Mrs Irving said she was getting excited.
�I started looking for a location about 18 months ago and this is the fifth lease I have pursued,� she said.
�I looked in Mt Hawthorn and Bayswater, then this came up and it all worked out.�
The business venture is a family affair with Mrs Irving�s mum, husband and sister all involved.
�Mum and dad owned cafes before and mum will be baking, my sister is a barista and my husband is carpenter so he has been preparing the space,� she said.
There are also plans to create a mural on the exterior side wall of the cafe space, but Mrs Irving is leaving that as a surprise for locals.
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