Northshore Coffee Co expands to open a permanent base
A mobile coffee business which is a regular fixture at events across the country is putting down permanent roots in its native North East through the opening of its first permanent base.
Northshore Coffee Co has built a strong reputation and following through its mobile offering, which sees its team travel nationally to supply its high-quality coffee and food offering to events and pop-ups.
More recently, in the absence of events, the business has developed a new client base through setting up a pitch in Gosforth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, its founder Toby Davison is investing in a permanent site for NorthShore Coffee Co, by opening an outlet in Newcastle’s Grainger Market.
The cafe adds further to the market’s well-known food and drink offering, which boasts an array of local independent operators and attracts a strong and loyal clientele.
“This will be the next step for us in our growth and it will be great to have something in the city centre,” says Toby.
“The Grainger Market is known for exactly what we provide, high-quality food and drink which you can grab on the go, so it’s a great fit for us in that respect.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind journey for us since we opened, we’ve been travelling up and down the country to events and have built a reputation really quickly, and this will be a great addition to that.”
The opening of the cafe is the latest innovation for NorthShore Coffee Co, which was forced to re-evaluate its business strategy when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“We’ve always done events and festivals, we never did street trade, but then March came and all of the events we’d spent the whole winter planning and preparing for were cancelled. We had an empty diary so had to think fast,” says Toby.
“I started off doing coffees in Fenham and it was amazing how quickly we built a customer base, word travelled so fast through WhatsApp groups. But it became a bit tricky to get parked there sometimes, so it wasn’t going to be a long-term option.
“In the past few months, we’ve found a great site on Moorfield in Gosforth, which has turned into a big positive for the business. We’re there every weekday from 8am to 4pm, and from 9am on a Saturday, and have built a regular following.
“It wasn’t something we would have done if the pandemic hadn’t hit, but it’s been really nice to become a regular stop-off for so many people during some really tough times.”
“NorthShore Coffee Co has built a strong reputation in a short period of time for its mobile offering, and its acquisition of a permanent base will give strong foundations on which to build further,” says Jonathan.
“We are very pleased to support Toby with his new premises and wish him and his team the very best with their opening.”