Our Place Cafe launched in Stirling
Local business owners Alan and Helen Rodgers are bucking the recent retail trend in Stirling city centre – they’ve made a significant investment in two local eateries. Earlier this month the Stirling-based couple launched Our Place Café, formerly Crema Café, in Murray Place investing in staff, new equipment, signage and furnishings.
This comes after the couple opened Our Place Cafe in the Old Arcade last summer which also hosts Stirling’s internet radio station – Stirling City Radio.
Employing 20 staff, the couple say their decision to invest in Stirling is based on the changing economy of the city centre, as well as changing eating habits. The business owners also want to reduce food miles by working with local suppliers for their products, including Grahams Dairies in Bridge of Allan and Hamiltons Cheesecakes in Stirling.
Councillor Neil Benny, Deputy Leader of Stirling Council, officially opened the café on Monday 6 February and said: “It’s great to see another success story in Stirling entering a new chapter. The future of Stirling’s high street will be secured by the fantastic entrepreneurs and independent traders like Our Place Café, that create local jobs and distinctive experiences that locals and visitors to the city centre enjoy.”
The new brand – Our Place – was created and developed by Stirlingshire business Wide Eye Marketing.
The couple have traded in the city centre for three years and have seen the business grow during this time. General Manager Alan Rodgers said: “The nature of the city centre in changing, more people are choosing to shop online and we’re noticing more people are coming out for leisure experiences and social occasions including eating out. Many of our customers visit us frequently to meet friends, which is where the name ‘Our Place’ comes from. As owners, it’s not just mine and Helen’s café, everyone who is part of it creates the special atmosphere we have; that’s the staff, the customers and our suppliers. We really want everyone who has made us successful to think of it as their own place.”
Commenting on their success so far Food Manager Helen Rodgers said: “It’s really been down to the quality of our food and meeting our customer’s needs. We prepare almost everything we sell from scratch in our kitchen, using only fresh ingredients. The kitchen team make all our soups and home baking. We cater for gluten free customers as well and because we display the calorie count of our soups we’re popular with people who want to keep track of what they are eating.”