Jacqui to say goodbye to iconic business
"IT'S the bond with Warwick that I'll miss - everyone has completely touched my heart.”
Those are the words of Jacqui Dwan, a business owner and Warwick personality who is selling her popular family business Cafe Jacqui's.
Starting her first job in the "little fruit shop” that stood on the same Albion St corner, Mrs Dwan never imaged that she would be where she is today.
Fighting through tears, the beloved local said she felt overwhelmed and honoured when looking back on her years of success in the Rose City.
"I'm very proud of myself and what I have achieved,” Mrs Dwan said.
"I have just decided it's time to spend my days with my family and move on to the next chapter of my life, whatever that may be.
"We've made so many friends, the amount (sic) of people that have walked through that door that I can say are my friends is just fantastic. I feel so lucky to have also been able to work with my two daughters (Casey and Rebecca Dwan) - they have been a great support.”
After a space popped up in Warwick Harvey Norman Centre in 2003, Mrs Dwan and her husband Darryl decided to open their first cafe.
Selling the shop five years later in 2008, the business owners took their next big step and took over Bramble Patch Cafe, renaming it Cafe Jacqui's.
More than 16 after beginning the journey, the couple are now opening the doors to the next phase in their lives with hopes to travel and spend some more time together.
"I think it's time for someone to take this beautiful place to the next stage,” Mrs Dwan said.
"I'll miss everyone, believe me , but I'm excited to see what we will do next.”
Kelly Reardon from Wade Real Estate is selling the cafe.
"It's such a unique property and business - it's important to do this place justice,” Mrs Reardon said.