Portlaoise to get two new fancy coffee shops
Portlaoise is set to get two new fancy coffee shops this spring.
Two businesses are opening in the town, creating at least seven jobs between them.
Aussie rules football star Zach Tuohy and business partner Murry Rogers are opening the Wandering Elk, in Bull Lane.
It will create three jobs initially, Zach told the Leinster Express.
"We have spent a long time in in Australia where the coffee scene is massive. As a result we’ve both grown to love the high quality coffee here and we wanted to try bring something similar home to Portlaoise.
"We're still finalising staff numbers but will be at least 3 staff required initially with an eye to growing and expanding in the future. I guess in short we're both passionate about our coffee and think people will see that in the finished product," he said.
They hope to open in mid April.
Meanwhile a prominent empty shop unit on Main Street is being reborn as another coffee shop.
The former Lily & Rose boutique will become a new branch of Kildare business Square Coffee.
Owners Alan and Pam Moore told the Leinster Express of their plans.
"We are very excited to get going in Portlaoise. We will initially have 4/5 staff members but anticipate that this will increase to 6-8 over the coming months. We have built up an amazing customer focused business in Kildare Town and cannot wait to bring the same to Portlaoise.
They explained why they chose Portlaoise as their second outlet.
"We believe Portlaoise is an excellent location for us to continue our small business journey and we are really looking forward to sharing that journey with the people of Portlaoise," Pam said.
It will open in April and Pam says they use local suppliers.
"At Square we are not only about the coffee, great coffee is just our standard. It’s the welcoming, enthusiastic team and the well designed, aesthetically pleasing space that will combine to create an environment to enjoy while browsing or admiring the art while your coffee is being prepared.
"We are massive advocates of supporting sustainability, fairly traded and local produce, our ethically sourced coffee is roasted locally in Kilcullen by our friends at PS Coffee Roasters, which will always be Specialty Grade or above. Each shot is weighed, timed and measured to a specific recipe to ensure a consistently great coffee every time.
We only use Jersey milk which is sourced from the amazing guys at the Village Dairy in Carlow. We work with local bakers and producers for our delicious treats," she said.
Laois County Council Cathaoirleach is Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.
"It is great to see these businesses open, especially given that the Lily and Rose shop was such a prominent empty unit on the Main Street. Portlaoise is looking up hopefully," she said.