How sweet life is for Jacqui
CAFE Jacqui's is a popular destination for friends catching up for coffee, a sweet treat or lunch.
The Daily News caught up with Cafe Jacqui's owner and namesake Jacqui Dwan to find out how her journey began.
Question: What was your first job?
Answer: Right on this corner actually, at a little cafe that was here when I was 16.
Q: Have you always worked in the hospitality industry?
A: I have also nursed, worked in restaurants and garden shops around Warwick.
All my sisters were nurses. I have worked in hotels around the area in the bar and I enjoyed that. It gave me the insight into food and helped me realise that I could cook.
Q: What is your favourite thing to cook?
A: I really enjoy doing weddings and make a lot of sweets and enjoy that as well. I enjoy whatever I do.
Q: How did you come to own your business?
A: There was an opportunity for me to do something for myself in the Harvey Norman Centre, so I had a cafe there for a while but we sold that four and a half years ago. I learnt a lot when I was starting off. We were going okay so we brought this precinct on our own.
Q: As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I've always liked cooking but I didn't really know what I wanted to do.
Q: What part of cooking do you enjoy?
A: Just being able to please people. Seeing a smile on their face, I get enjoyment out of that.
Q: What advice would you give to other women in the community looking to get into business?
A: Good staff keeps a business going. I enjoy what I do; I have great people who work for me which makes it enjoyable. It makes it easier.
I have a lot of weekend junior staff and they love to come to work.
Q: Is it difficult to balance work and family life?
A: It is sometimes depending, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't work out. I have a good family and we just go with the flow.
Q: Do you think it is important to unwind?
A: I work long hours; I'm up at 4.30am and home by 5pm. I'm a morning person but in the evenings I find time to relax. I enjoy sitting on the veranda with a nice cold drink looking out over the river
Q: You often showcase work and products from other community groups in her cafe. Why is this important to you?
A: I like to promote other stuff as well including products from Stanthorpe. It is a way to bring different people to the shop.