A coffee shop is not without its own set of challenges.
For one, there’s the task of finding a place to get started, and finding the right shop to call home.
For a lot of people, that means finding a coffee bar.
But what if you don’t want to buy your coffee in a shop and just want to enjoy it on your own terms?
Then there’s Dirt Bike Shop.
Owner, Ben Brown, has a different approach.
“It’s a coffee house, but it’s also a barber shop.
It’s an open bar,” he says.
“We have a full bar area.
If you’re going to go out there to shop for something, you’re not going to want to go into the shop to find it.”
Brown’s shop, Dirt Bike, is a little different to the other bars on the block, and it’s a fitting home for a place that started as a humble bike shop and has now evolved into a coffee-shop-cum-barbershop.
“I’ve never been into barbershops in my life, so I’m not really a barbershop person,” he said.
“When I was younger, I used to go to the barbers and make my own hair.
I got really good at that.”
For a while, Dirt Beer was one of the first places Brown’s friends would go for their haircuts.
“A lot of the guys at the barber’s shop would get together and they would go to my house and they’d shave,” he explains.
“There were a lot people that I would go out with and people that would go home with, but not that many people would go with me.” “
Dirt Bike is also the only place in town that has a dedicated bike parking area. “
There were a lot people that I would go out with and people that would go home with, but not that many people would go with me.”
Dirt Bike is also the only place in town that has a dedicated bike parking area.
“The bike parking is the only thing that we have, which is good because it means there’s more space for bikes,” Brown said.
The cafe has been open for about six months, and while it is a small space, it’s full of life.
Brown says it was a good thing that he started the business at all.
“You could go into a bar and say, ‘This is how I do it’,” he said, “but I think that’s a bit of a misperception.
For a bar to be successful, you need to understand the customers and you need people that are interested in the same things that you are.”