“We wanted to create a communal space where people could enjoy coffee and be surrounded by flowers,” says Vanessa Bartholomaeus, co-owner of Gilbert Street’s new cafe-florist Fleur and Brew.
It's the first venture from Bartholomaeus and sister-in-law, best friend and business partner Svetlana Grebenshikoff. And it’s been helped through Renew Adelaide’s Own It scheme (a program that assists under-25s to acquire a short-term, rent-free lease). They’ll be there for an initial nine months to trial the business concept.
“We both loved working with flowers and we loved coffee. It was a pipe dream for a long time,” says Bartholomaeus. It seemed impossible until they discovered the program. “[Renew Adelaide] really helped us along the way with [everything from] funding [to] finding the building.”
The pair designed everything themselves, from graphics and signage, to the farmhouse-style interior fit-out. A slab of repurposed pine forms the back counter, and a communal table (which seats just eight people) invites you to stay a little longer. A striking floral display sits against clean white walls and natural timber furnishings.
The tiny shop stocks mostly Australian natives. There are bunches of proteas, banksias and wattle alongside potted fiddle-leaf figs and succulents. Customers are invited to buy pre-made bouquets or get creative with their own arrangements. All flowers are sourced in South Australia.
Coffee is from Grange-based Sugar Browning, with raw cakes from Just Rawsome and pastries from local producers.
Both owners have backgrounds in disability support and counselling, and see the space as a hub for creativity and wellbeing. “In the future, we’d like to do workshops combining visual art and bouquet-making,” says Grebenshikoff.
Fleur and Brew
53 Gilbert street, Adelaide
0434 944 005
Tue to Fri 7.30am–4.30pm