A SOUTH Tyneside couple are hoping to ‘brew up’ a business success with the opening of their first coffee shop.
Anthony Dickson and girlfriend Samantha Smallwood have transformed an empty unit at Gateshead Interchange into The GoodBrews coffee shop, with the help of Nexus.
The venture is a dream come true for the couple who’d dreamed of owning their own business.
The coffee shop began trading on June 24 and is proving to be a hit with passengers using the interchange, which is managed by Nexus.
Anthony, 27, a bus driver with Go North East for the past six years, said: “I’m really proud that two years of hard work has come to fruition with the opening of our own business.
“We’re really excited about the Good Brews venture and we’re determined to make it a success.
“As a former bus driver, I knew that Gateshead Interchange had a high footfall of passengers, making it the ideal location for a shop.
“Since we’ve opened we’ve seen exactly that, with customers coming in quite literally by the bus load.”
The couple’s inspiration behind the coffee shop came from Anthony’s Italian roots – his late grandfather hailed from the South of Italy.
The couple hope to be able to create a new coffee shop brand which they will be able to expand in the future.
Anthony added: “The Italian side of the family has inspired me to run my own coffee shop, so it’s very much a dream come true.
“At GoodBrews we are using traditional, well-known suppliers, such as Ringtons, who have been a great help to us.
“All our sandwiches and cakes are locally sourced as well, while other items on the menu are made freshly in the shop.”
The coffee shop has been praised by bosses at Nexus for helping to give the interchange a “fresher” and” more welcoming appearance.”
Nexus operations manager (Customer Services) John Souter said: “Gateshead Interchange has needed an outlet like this for a long time.
“It has really brightened the place up, and with almost five million passengers passing through each year it has great footfall. The shop looks great and we wish them every success.”