Coffee + convenience: Canberra’s latest café innovation

Posted 5 May 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Canberran Steve Ning has recently turned his dream business idea into reality opening the Ave Café, a new drive-through café that’s all about convenience.

The Café is all about convenience, located in the Avenue apartments in Turner, on the corner of Moore Street and Barry Drive.

“People can simply go to the Hey You app and order a coffee, by the time they walk down or drive to the café, they’re being handed their coffee, rather than having to line up and order,” Steve said.

Steve, an accountant by profession, has been waiting for the perfect time to kick start his business idea in his hometown, where the support for start-up businesses is like no other.

“I’ve been tossing the concept around for almost five years. The situation arose where I needed to do something with a property in the city and rather than get another tenant, I thought let’s give my idea a shot and go from there,” he said.

“We have received awesome support from local businesses, and have even formed a strategic partnership with 210 Degrees Patisserie and Bakery and Bean Roasters by Cosmorex,” said Steve.

Having only been open for a few weeks, these partnerships are a great example of how the business ecosystem in Canberra is always willing to lend a helping hand to new start-ups on the scene.

“We are so pleased to be able to have the interest and backing from these partnerships, they provide a feeling of security and we now know we are not in it alone,” he said.

With our 210 Degrees Patisserie and Bakery collaboration, both of the businesses can now support each other with issues such as stock and staffing.”

“Without these partnerships, the highs and lows would be sharper and harder to deal with,” Steve said.

Steve says he wouldn’t have started the businesses anywhere else, noting the local community is one of a kind in Canberra.

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“Canberra’s community is very close knit, so it doesn’t take long for word to get around. We already have regulars coming to the café.”

Not to mention, combining coffee with convenience, Ave Café is offering a distinct element in Canberra’s burgeoning coffee culture.

“Coffee is a social function. You’ll see groups of people taking a break from their desks to get a coffee together where they can walk and talk, and do business,” Steve said.

“The convenience of the café is the main attraction. The mums and dads are certainly finding the drive-thru function is making their mornings a lot easier!”

Stepping out to start your business is a big risk, but with innovation fast becoming a symbol of the Capital’s independence and growth, there is plenty of support networks to help you along the way.

Check out the innovation support programs available at Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN).

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