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.”