On April 15 Cassy Emerson of Cassy's Coffee House in Youbou will be marking one year since the opening of her restaurant.

On April 15 Cassy Emerson of Cassy's Coffee House in Youbou will be marking one year since the opening of her restaurant.

One-year anniversary at Youbou coffee shop

On Friday (April 15) Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou celebrates its one-year anniversary.

On Friday (April 15) Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou celebrates its one-year anniversary.

Co-owner Cassy Emerson said the first year of business has been a good one.

“We’ve met some really nice people from all over the world and a lot people from the community have supported us during the first year,” she said.

The coffee shop has hosted a number of dinner and special events, and is angling to become the hub where Youbou residents gather.

This is the first time Emerson and her husband, Patrick Miller, have owned a restaurant, however, she does have experience from working at a cafe in Mill Bay.

The coffee shop features a recently expanded gift shop and they plan to turn a back room into a space for art classes or for people to rent for meetings.

They have even bigger long-term plans for the business.

“Eventually I’d like it to be a little Coombsy — like Coombs Old Country Market [near] Parksville,” said Emerson.

“We’ll develop the back yard and people will be able to sit out there and we’ll be able to have vendors out there, so that’s our dream.”