A young couple from Leven have taken over the popular local cafe and gift shop, Jane’s at Nineteen, reopening it as the Lundin Coffee Co.
Lisa and Dean Reid now own and run the coffee side of the business, while former owners Jane and Malcolm Campbell will continue to sell gifts in the store next door.
Opening Lundin Coffee Co on Leven Road earlier this month, Lisa and Dean have been busy with locals eager to return.
The couple spotted a Facebook post in June 2022 announcing the opportunity to take over the business while on vacation in Devon. As soon as Lisa saw the message, she knew it was fate and couldn’t turn down the chance to own her own home.
She said: “My dad always said if you could work for yourself, work for yourself.
“I take the risk and if it doesn’t work out, I’m still young.”
Jane and Malcolm have owned the place for 12 years and have built up a solid following. Lisa and Dean hope to keep this custom alive and welcome new regulars through their doors as they continue to master running the cafe.
The duo have followed Jane and Malcolm for four months and are now flying solo, although the pair will never be too far.
Some may wonder why anyone would want a coffee during a cost of living crisis, but for Lisa, after falling in love with the place as soon as she walked in, she couldn’t let it go.
Lisa also explained that having had daughter Lucy in May 2020 and returning to her old role in the operations of a non-destructive testing company, her priorities had changed and she wanted to try her hand at something different.
Although the duo have no experience in the hospitality industry, they are determined to make the most of it.
What will you find at Lundin Coffee Co.?
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week and with a total of 16 seats, the cozy cafe offers a mix of light bites and pastries for customers to enjoy.
For the sweet tooth, homemade scones are baked every morning on site, as well as gluten-free and vegan cakes, platters and cheesecakes.
If it’s light bites, you’re in the mood as the menu has already been updated to feature bagels and big bloomer sandwiches that come with a mix of toppings to choose from.
Plans are also in place to further expand the food offering.
Friendly and family
As a mother of a young girl herself, Lisa is determined to make the place more appealing to families and has purchased high chairs and booster seats, as well as children’s toys in an effort to attract more parents with young children on the premises.
She said: “We want to appeal to a different age bracket because right now it’s mostly an older demographic, and we want it to be a little bit more inclusive for everyone.”
The team currently consists of Lisa, Dean and two other part-time staff.
Lundin Coffee Co recently announced that it now also accepts dogs and customers can also enjoy a cup of tea with their furry friends.
In order to put their own stamp on the place, Lisa and Dean plan to invest a four-figure sum in the renovation of the place in February 2023.
Plans for color combinations include deep sage and tan leather paired with off-white to give it a family-friendly and soothing feel.
“At the moment it’s a teahouse style cafe and we want to make it a welcoming cafe to do more for everyone,” Lisa explained.
In order to make the space more inclusive, a changing table will also be added in the bathroom.
They also plan to open Lundin Coffee Co from 9am to allow a caregiver and baby session to take place where storytelling and other child-friendly activities will take place.
Once the renovation is complete, the menu will also be updated to reflect the new space.
Ecological and sustainable products
Although the gift section is currently filled with merchandise from Jane’s at Nineteen, Lisa’s plan is to have a more sustainable and eco-friendly offering.
The area will contain a refillable products section where customers can reduce waste by refilling and paying for detergent, dishwashing liquid and surface spray in the store.
Reusable coffee mugs and replantable gift cards will also be available for purchase.
Lisa added, “The current freebies section is confusing for customers, so we’re in the process of changing it to our new sustainable offering.”
Address: 19 Leven Road, Lundin Links, Leven, KY8 6AQ
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