A BARISTA who has worked at many of Penzance's bars, cafés and restaurants is striking out on her own.
Kate Jamieson plans to open the Front Room on Market Jew Street early next month and says she wants to create a warm, cosy space with an emphasis on high-quality coffee and good service.
Though the initial plan is to offer tea, coffee, cakes, pastries and light bites, she says she cherishes ambitions to make the business into something bigger, with a long-term future in the town.
"I saw this place come up and went for it; I've always wanted to have my own place," Miss Jamieson said.
"We want to really focus on good coffee, and give people the option to have it how they like it.
"There are going to be different areas; we'll have a lounge upstairs with sofas and a fireplace, and downstairs will be tables and chairs.
"It'll be in a French style: sort of 'shabby chic'."
Miss Jamieson said two years working in Australia, where the hospitality industry was prolific, had inspired her to forge a business whose employees saw it as offering them a future in the long term.
"I want to see people move up and get opportunities. I want to get a crew together that's going to be with me," she said.
Although the menu is still being devised, Miss Jamieson said breakfast would be available daily from 8.30am, with healthy salads, soups and sandwiches being offered later in the day.
The Front Room would serve coffee from Origin in Helston – "keeping it Cornish" – and have two stores of beans, one a regular offering and the other changing each month from Kenyan to Colombian to "anything worthwhile".