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21 October 2009 @ 08:36 pm
Mr Brammers and I wandered up to Newtown for dinner. On our way back down the hill, we saw a notice on the shop that used to sell beaded animals from South Africa. Espresso Bar Opening Soon! it said.

Mr Brammers looked at me. 'Hmmmm ...' he said. 'I'm not sure how they expect to compete here. There are three other cafes in 100m and two bars.'

I looked at him for a long moment before laughing. 'Don't be ridiculous. All they need to do is offer three or four different coffee beans and made to your liking with a comfy chair or two and you will be living there. I'll be up in town and walking home and the phone will ring and it will be you saying "Baaaaabe, can you grab me a coffee as you come home?" It will be chock-full of local posers and caffeinistas and you will all be happy to pay $3.75 for a small cup as long as the beans are fair trade.'

His jaw set as he prepared to argue, then he cracked and smiled and said, 'The sad thing is, that's entirely true.'

'It's so unfair, they are always opening shops that are perfect for you,' I groused.

'Silly spot for it, though. They should have used the old bread shop,' he said as we continued to walk.

Thirty seconds later we were passing the old bread shop. There was a development notice on it. Mr Brammers whooped and jogged over to read it. He turned back to me, with a grin plastered all over his face. 'This one is for you!' he declared.

I stepped up to read it.

Proposed: Chocolate and Dessert Bar
Opening hours 8am-12 midnight

We can never move.
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on October 21st, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)
That is right, you can never move.

And the Chocolate and Dessert Bar had better be open next time I come down for a visit.
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on October 21st, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly!
(no subject) - blamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on October 21st, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
I want one of those near me. :(
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
You are always welcome to visit, but I do suggest pimping out the idea to any small businesspeople you know!
Loyaulte Me Lieshocolate on October 21st, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
Chocolate and Dessert Bar

Yes, I think I could eat desserts for 16 hours a day...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
You and the Buttons and Mr are welcome to pop by! Don't forget, there's a bar component, so you could spend an hour drinking, too
(no subject) - shocolate on October 21st, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Meredyth: MS Helpmeredyth_13 on October 21st, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Damn, now I'll never lure you to Melbourne.


Mr C laughed and sympathised wholeheartedly when I read this out to him. Except for the bit where you're amazingly brilliant and your brain is awe inspiring, we're quite the matched set.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
But just think of all the reasons you have for visiting me! And Erko is only 15 minutes from the airport, so you needn't immerse yourself in the greater Sydney horror.

I would also point out that you are quite amazing yourself, you great duffer!
Welcome to Ant Countryant_queen on October 21st, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Oh dear...I can foresee in the near future that you and Mr Brammers won't actually be living in your house, you'll be time-sharing between these new cafes and the house will be kept mostly for the kitties.

I'd also check your home for sneaky market research bugs. They clearly have you guys fixed as their target market.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
It won't be that bad, there is only so much creme Anglaise I can consume before the mild lactose intolerance takes me down ;-)

Perhaps those people who hang out on the village green while we all wander around rabbiting on about how the world should be are secretly entrepreneurs!
Pureblood Princessraitala on October 21st, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Does sound like the neighbourhood has its demographic down nicely :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
I have written to the council in support of the application. It may be the least coherent letter of support they receive, but it will be one of the most transparent ;-)
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george pushdragonpushdragon on October 21st, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
*packs bags and starts to walk*

See you in a couple of weeks. Hope they're open by then.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
I have sent a letter of keen support for the application off to council. Believe me, when they post their opening date, you will be one of the first people I call! And our spare room is clean and comfy.
dookadookdookadook on October 21st, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
The interactions between Mr Brammers and yourself are absolutely brilliant. You help me retain my hope that relationships can actually work ;)
dookadookdookadook on October 21st, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Umm... that came out sounding whinier than I meant it too.
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Glitter Me Timbers: mcr - frank excellent choiceciel_vert on October 21st, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Haha that's amazing!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
I think they have perfectly judged their target market, knowing the people who live around here ;-)
It's a Deensedeensey on October 21st, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Oooooh. WIN.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Especially since it's 500m from your house!!
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Cheryl Dysondysonrules on October 21st, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)


blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
I will find you a lovely place to live!
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on October 21st, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
This whole post is kind of adorable. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I have to say that if a cafe selling eclairs and creme caramel opens up near me, my days of looking remotely slender may be DOOMED BEYOND HOPE!!!!
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Coffeejunkii: mmmm dessertcoffeejunkii on October 21st, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
there can never be too many coffee shops or dessert bars. especially not in close proximinity to one another!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 21st, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
The coffee bar is between the drag pub and the fortune teller's, and just up from the dodgy curry takeaway. I think they will do very well in attracting clientele from all three venues ;-)

(Looking at the above, it occurs to me that I live in an odd suburb.)
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on October 21st, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
LOL! Clearly, this is a ruse to make this neighbourhood perfect for you. It must be a conspiracy!

(Thank god I don't have such a shop in my immediate area because I will be rolling instead of walking in no time at all. I'd *live* in it!)
Ann: stewie!dracotsosh on October 21st, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
It's like the world rearranges itself around you... lol
"Chocolate and Dessert Bar" sounds really good! (unless you're vegan, like me. then it's just painful)