You’d be hard pressed not to love Rebecca Carr, with her infectious enthusiasm and wide smile.
She has come a long way from her humble Saturday girl roots and now has her own thriving hair and beauty business in Kintore.
With people traveling from all over to get their hair done by Rebecca’s team, you can also recognize her as one of the esteemed judges for The Society Awards 2022, in association with Aberdeen Inspired.
Rebecca was called upon for her hair and beauty expertise, as she is also the owner of La Résidence where her team offers many treatments.
From weddings to facials, it’s been a busy time for the mother of two.
But she didn’t limit herself to keeping the people of the Northeast glamorous.
And although she didn’t have much experience in the hospitality world, Rebecca realized she could provide her guests, not to mention local residents, with the ultimate experience.
Bring forward the Hummingbird Cafe, which has been in operation for two years.
From delicious sandwiches to signature salads, the café also offers a wide variety of hot and cold drinks.
With outdoor seating and a children’s play area, you can have lunch while having your hair done or just sit back and relax with the family.
“Many of our clients travel from afar, and many of them come with their husbands or families for a day,” Rebecca said.
“That was the inspiration behind creating a cafe, where you can order lunch while having your hair done.
“It’s killing two birds with one stone.
My main vision was a friendly cafe where you can get delicious fresh food.
The Hummingbird team is led by 20-year-old Aaron Barclay, affectionately known as Mr Hummingbird.
There are also three chefs who all have their own area of expertise, so it’s no wonder the menu is so impressive.
The focus is on simple filling foods, and Rebecca prides herself on the fact that nothing is brought in from elsewhere.
“We make everything, down to our pesto,” Rebecca said.
We have now reached a stage where we can take the next step, selling more of our products like our jams and chutneys internally. »
“I almost wanted people to be able to pick things up to take home.”
Supporting other local businesses within the community has also been a huge factor for Rebecca.
“We’re tweaking things right now, but early on I sat down with the Carr team and we talked about our favorite dishes,” she said.
“One of our most popular dishes is our Brie and Caramelized Red Onion Panini.
“We’ve made so many signature salads over the summer, now we’re making hotpots like shepherd’s pie.
“All the meat we use comes from the butcher, we use Dossett Butcher in Kintore.”
Warming soups include a chorizo bean and vegetable broth, along with thin bits like a crispy slice of milky way.
Not to mention the drinks, there are the usual cappuccinos, lattes and soft drinks.
Rebecca is particularly proud of the signature hot chocolate.
“It’s so good,” she said.
“It’s made with pure chocolate and can be topped with cream and marshmallows.
“We also stock Summerhouse drinks which are based in Fraserburgh.
“It’s a fantastic company to work with, and collaborating with other companies is something I want to do a lot more.”
Not everything has been smooth, partly due to Covid.
Not only was Rebecca forced to close the hair salon, but she also had to consider putting aside her dream cafe – which was being built.
“I invested in the business and then Covid came along,” she said.
“It was really intimidating with no money, but I pushed to get it all over.
“Only now am I able to refine areas and really focus on what we can push and move forward.”
It’s not just those who get their hair done that appreciate what’s on offer at the Hummingbird Cafe.
With takeout and a tasty breakfast menu, Rebecca believes there is a wide range of customers.
“Some locals come every day to show their support,” she said.
“The village has been behind us from the very beginning.
“We also welcome a lot of families.
“In good weather, our tables outside are full.
“The playground is closed for your peace of mind, where can you go on a nice day to sit and have a chinwag with your friends?”
Adjusting to motherhood has also influenced Rebecca and her outlook, as she juggles between working and caring for her two young sons.
“Before having children, would I have built a playground?
“Probably not,” Rebecca said.
Influence of family life
“Motherhood completely changed my thought process.
“Our goal is to entertain the whole family.
Our clients come from all over, I have a client who comes from France to have her hair cut and another client who lives in Norway.
“With free parking, there’s no stress of parking like you might find in town.”
It’s truly a family affair with the help of Rebecca’s parents.
“They do all the flowers, and even shopkeepers have been a part of my life for years.
“Once the hummingbird wallpaper was installed, it brought so much life to the building.
“We also have a little gift shop in the cafe where you can get all kinds of cool naks.
“Where I come from, we get married and we have children.
“So there are times when I can’t believe I did this and how naturally things grew.
“The best thing for us has been the support from the community.
“Word of mouth still matters.”
For more information, find The Hummingbird Cafe on Instagram @hummingbirdcafekintore or on Facebook @The Hummingbird Cafe.
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