Molly Lancashire is about to launch into mothering and managing a second time round, as Molly’s Baby Room welcomes a few little beans.
Taking up the the large space at the back of Simpsons Arcade, Molly’s Baby Room now offers a delicious caffeinated wake up call for parents and shoppers alike.
Past Telstra and Westpac, opposite (link) Sanctum beauty spa on Simpson Street, you will find a haven of pastel plastic supplies, soothing grey toned furniture, neutral cottons, soft things, unicorn lunch-ware, matrix-like pram beasts, and then – coffee.
Coffee is available six days a week, from 7am – 2pm (may extend with demand), made and managed by skilled barista, Kate Campbell.
What a genius idea for a local store. Congratulations Molly’s Baby Room on cracking the business secret that is diversification.
And the coffee is delicious – although Molly has to have decaf until her next project arrives in six weeks.
A perfectly sized play pen houses anyone who needs some time out, while mum gets to chill with her iced skinny decaf frappe for just a minute.
Molly designed the cafe with her husband, making and sourcing everything from scratch.
The light fittings are made of coffee cups, and the counter has little stick-on accents and a beautiful espresso machine.
The menu features all the delicious hot and cold coffee and chocolate combinations you could want, teas, cookies, a fridge of cold drinks – the essentials.
Molly relocated from the Barkly Highway in July, and said in the new cafe space customers can feel comfortable caring for young children.
“I guess I did it for a selfish reasons because when I had my son, I found there was nowhere really suitable for under three, no cafes with play areas where you wouldn’t worry about bigger kids bowling over your little kids,” Molly said.
“I wanted to create somewhere that was just great for mums to come and if babies are crying, or they need a change, we have a fully decked out changing room and a play area for up to 5-year-olds, so it’s really family friendly.”
With increased floor space in Molly Baby’s Room, Molly has been able to order in new brands.
“We have brought in a whole lot more brands, increased our range and spread out a bit.”
“If people have prams, it’s pram-friendly. I hated going into a pokey cafe and having to leave the pram outside in the dust.”
Parents and soon-to-be-parents, aunts/uncles, godparents need look no further. One soon-to-be mum described it as overwhelming, in a good way.
Not just for babies, the lunch section is a particular favourite of all ages, featuring pandas, tigers, unicorns, et al.