Sweet treats are one of Cafe Jacqui’s owner Jacqui Dawn’s favourite foods to make.
Sweet treats are one of Cafe Jacqui’s owner Jacqui Dawn’s favourite foods to make. Erin Smith

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.



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