A year ago my hubby and I decided to open our own coffee shop in our home town, Mossel Bay. We had a grand vision, a beautiful 140 year old building, too much optimism and not nearly enough money to match our extravagant dreams for what would be known as “The Merchant”.
We set out, as most small businesses do; to make do with what we had. Our vision was to create a beautiful place, but also a relaxed and comfortable enviroment that would be worth leaving your own plunger/coffee machine and loung suite at home.
But this is not a story about the coffee shop as much as it’s a story about a couch. This is not just any random old couch. When I was in High school my dad, siblings and I went to great lengths in choosing this couch based on an extensive criteria, comfort being the most crucial aspect. Many movies were enjoyed on this couch, countless friends slept over on this couch and great revelations were shared in the arms of this Cori Craft comforter. But this old friend needed a serious make-over before it could fit into our grand plan for The Merchant.