Coffee catch up with…
Editor Denise Cahill sat down with Bodhi J co-owner Danny Taylor
1.Where was the first Bodhi J and how has the business expanded?
Bodhi J Wembley started in December 2006 and through my marketing business Island Promotions I did some business for them and ended up buying it in October 2007 when it had two staff (it now has 20). We took over the lease two doors down to expand Wembley a few years later but we were still getting booked out 6-8 weeks in advance. We decided we wanted to open something close to Wembley and found Pier Street in July 2014 and officially opened in April 2015. Injidup Spa Retreat came in September 2017 and we have six people down there and then Perth International Business Class Transit Lounge and the Westin this year. We now have five locations and have opened three of those in the last seven months.
2.What is most exciting about the newest location at the Westin Hotel?
It’s the combination of two brands that have very similar beliefs and values and for us to align ourselves with an international brand. It’s a new offering for our regular clients but great for national and international people coming to Perth.
3.As a small business, what sort of risks were involved in expanding and how did you overcome them?
The biggest risk is making sure that as we grow we don’t lost what Bodhi J has become known for – our high level of customer service. We (Tania and I) are go-getters so don’t have a lot of fear but we’re most conscious of remaining ethical and true to our beliefs. We’ve worked hard over the years to create a great team culture, the Bodhi J family, and we don’t want to lose that.
4.How do you support small business?
All of our products are West Australian or Australian. Sodashi is the main product we use and that is made in North Fremantle. We stock handmade candles in all our spas that are made by Emily Bathgate of The Purist Collection. Everything we stock is Australian and where possible West Australian. Wembley is so successful because it’s a very community minded area. We are constantly donating to schools in the area, we support them because they support us.
5.What is your favourite coffee shop?
Finlay and Sons in Inglewood. We walk down there every morning with Georgie our moodle. We go there everyday and support them because they’re locally owned and have a great level of customer service.