March is #meetthemaker month and today is about our story, like all good stories there is a beginning, middle and end. Keeper's is in the middle of our story, which is both terrifying and exciting!
Keeper's was born out of tragedy - a little cliche but true.
10 years ago, my Dad and Linda's husband died after a long battle with cancer, moments like these make you stop and reflect and make you realise what is important in life.
I (Lisa) loved my job working in the voluntary sector with young people but with two young children, one with additional needs it was becoming difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Linda had a thriving community development business but we were both looking for change, a new and exciting challenge.
We both love food, drinking coffee, eating out, baking and sharing these experiences with each other. We had always talked about how nice it would be to have our own coffee and gift shop, creating a hub of experiences for people to enjoy and so Keeper's was born.
Keeper's is all about experiences from the friendly welcome to the home made cakes, fresh out of the oven scones to freshly brewed coffee. Chatting with friends at our book club, expressing your creativity in one of our workshops or taking time to browse our gifts and gallery.
Keeper's is a family business with family at its very heart and we hope everyone who visits feels part of this.
Do you love to read?
If you had asked me that question a few years ago I am not sure you would get the same answer, but today I can honestly say that I love to read, albeit at a snails pace and possibly with 2 or 3 books on the go at once! But I have definitely developed a passion for reading over the last few years.
Attending our monthly book club at Keeper's really encourages me to read a book, cover to cover, (although I often read the ending first!!) I look forward to the discussions with the rest of the group about the book, rarely do we all agree and its always interesting to listen to everyones critic of the book, the over all scores for each book and then looking back at our favourites.
Attending a book group was not on my bucket list, but I am so pleased it is now a regular event on my social calendar, it has encouraged me to read books I wouldn't normally chose, finish a book within a month (a challenge some months I can tell you) and to reflect on the story and the characters.
So if you have ever wanted to join a book club, come along to Keeper's monthly meet up, we are a lovely friendly bunch and of course you will be able to treat yourself to some tasty homemade cake and coffee too.
Have a look at this months Book Club read its, A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman. We meet on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm.
Happy Reading : )
Looking back over the last 3 years and seeing how far we have come since we first opened has been heartwarming. It has been a great journey so far, packed with amazing staff, customers and of course cake!
We are so proud of Keeper's and the community which has grown around the Cafe, it is a pleasure to be part of it.
As I am sure you will know we have dabbled in a range of workshops and events, changed opening hours and teamed up with some amazing local businesses along the way. As Keeper's grows the work-life balance has been a challenge, what with Linda's old age (ssh don't tell her I said so!) and my busy family life it has been difficult at times to juggle all the elements!
But we LOVE Keeper's and of course Cake, as I am sure you'll know, the hardest part of the job is all the taste testing we have to do to ensure the cake is 'perfect!' So it has taken some time and lots of cake to decide how to create balance, but after lots of discussions we have decided to change our opening hours with affect from March.
Keeper's will be closing a Tuesday and open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30-4.00 and Saturday 10.00-3.30. We look forward to catching up with you.
We have lots happening over the next couple of months including a World book day story time and a weaving demonstration so keep an eye on our events page.
and remember, "life is a balance of holding on & letting go" (Rumi)