From university student to successful business owner, Misha opened Sugar and Spice, a cafe in the heart of the market town of Buckingham. The new Indian street food concept cafe opened on March 10 and has been “stunningly busy” since the doors welcomed customers.
Misha completed her degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Buckingham graduating with a first class degree, which she completed in December 2021. With the pandemic hitting and making it difficult to find employment for the past couple of years, Misha decided to start selling samosas online, then selling them at market stalls.
She said: “During Covid, when I couldn’t find work, I started selling samosas online, called Bombay Bucks. I did a few market stalls and people were asking me if I had a I thought in my head, maybe might actually work if I found something. So I found this (place) and we decorated it all.
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After gaining some experience working at a Costa, she thought “there’s nothing like it in town, nothing offers late night desserts, nothing new, hip or Instagrammable. “. She made a business plan and asked her parents for help. They backed her up and said “let’s go. Let’s try and see if it works – and it did”.
The cafe has an Indian street food vibe, offering British dishes with an “Indian twist on things”. Misha explained: “We have a full Indian breakfast, chicken tikka and cheese toasties, we also have a lot of vegans and gluten free. It was crazy, the first week was incredibly busy but it was really great fun. Weekends are rammed and we also do afternoon teas, so we did an Indian afternoon tea for Mother’s Day.”
She said she would be looking to hire soon as the business has become so popular and is currently run by herself and her parents. Misha said, “There’s a lot of competition, but nothing offers what we’re doing. People can come in for coffee and cake if they want, but if they want something different, they can also get some Indian street food.
“There’s nowhere to make waffles or cookie dough or ice cream near here. The only ice cream parlor that’s here (in Buckingham) closes at 4 I think, so by the time you finish dinner, there’s nowhere to go. We’re doing two late nights on Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. at the moment.”