Business Idea: Cozy Cafe

In 1999, there was this movie called ‘Simply Irresistible’ which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery.  In that movie, Sarah inherited their family restaurant business. The restaurant was in the ground floor of the building while she lived in the second floor. Back then, I thought it was nice to have that kind of business- a restaurant with a cozy atmosphere with regular patrons who feel like family.

When we went a trip to Cagayan de Oro last May, my cousin introduced us to a small cafe called Chingkeetea. It is a Taiwanese milk tea place. What caught our fancy is the decor. The cafe is so pretty.

This is the entrance.

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This is where you order the tea. Nice idea: Instead of letting your collection of knickknacks gather dust in the cupboard, why not create a statement wall and arrange them accordingly? IMG_8708

Do you have those fake plastic flowers in your home? I admit I do. Why not arrange them into a ball and hang it like this. IMG_8701

They also have a nice space where you can arrange for a small get-together with friends. The place is an ideal venue for baby shower or a tween’s birthday. You can actually replicate this at home. If you have those patio chairs and crocheted doilies, you can arrange them like this. IMG_8723

This is their milk tea. I love the wintermelon flavor. IMG_8724

People who visited their place left notes and they are displayed under the glass tops of the tables. Sweet. IMG_8729

Another place we visited in Cagayan de Oro is Missy Bon Bon. They sell baked goodies and gelato. This cafe is full so I was not able to take a lot of photos. I love the walls and the light fixtures. IMG_8752

This is what we ordered. I love the typography in their packaging.  The gelato we ordered cost Php90 each. I told my aunt about the price after she took a few spoonfuls. I thought she would gasp at the amount because she does not normally spend this much on a dessert this small. Surprisingly, she  said it was worth the price.  The gelato is aunt-approved! Look at our spoons! There were five of us sharing this order. IMG_8740

In Butuan City, we have a similar food place with cozy atmosphere. This is Margie’s.

IMG_8996 Margie’s started as a home business where Butuanons order specialty cakes to go. Now, they have this cozy cafe in Butuan and several branches in Davao. They now have meals. In fact, I did not order cake when I took these photos. I ordered this. Yummy! I am sorry I forgot what this is called. IMG_9004

The wall in the cafe is filled with vandalisms names of those who visited the cafe. The walls also adorned old photos of the family and other memorabilia. IMG_8997

I love this little nook. It must be nice to read here while sipping coffee and eating cake. The ripped upholstery distressed chair adds charm. However, there is teeny-tiny part of me who wants to washi it. Ha! IMG_9003

How about you? What business idea caught your attention recently?

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Comments

  1. Been to Missy Bon Bon in CDO! Cute place! Bread heaven. I love their Korean (what else?) bread. HAd breakfast there and I must say, sulit ang price. 150 bucks for the maple honey ham something plus coffee, of course.

  2. may sesame seeds! meron parang custard bread dun na recommended ng officemate ko, good with coffee.

  3. i loved simply irresistible! i remember watching it in the cinema with my sister. di ko pa siya ma-appreciate at that time but it grew on me when i watched it again on VCD. and i love homey cafes. i can stay there the whole afternoon and just read books or write about something. very perfect for catching up with friends too. sarap naman nung rice meal from margie’s. how much was it?

  4. I have a small business i do from home without really needing a space like the photos you posted.

    Those places are charming. It is a far cry from the usual fastfood chain where i often dine with my family. May personality ung mga shops 🙂

  5. Hmmm.. Where’s Chingkeetea located? I’ve never been in that place pa.. hehe

  6. now i wish CDO is just near or the other places so i could visit it. =( i love cozy places and coffee shops to hangout with friends.. 🙂

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