As the afternoon light filters in through the large, voluminous front windows of this wonderful little cafe, I stir my latte and find myself contemplating why a venue like this hasn’t already been opened in the trendy café strips of Brisbane.
Indeed I too feel ashamed that I hadn’t heard of it until now, with it having been open for four months now, and still going strong. Tucked away in the backstreets of Wavell Heights, a stones’ throw from Chermside shopping centre, this adorable little photography café is making itself an excellent name.
Shutter and Brew is arguably the first café in Brisbane dedicated to Photography, in all aspects of its’ existence. Owners Campbell and Laura are avid photographers themselves, and their new little joint is not only a café, but an event space for hire, for whatever you may need.
When I arrived, the café was full of people, both young and old, catching up with friends, studying quietly in a corner or pawing through books provided for thoughtful reading. It was loud, chatty and such a wonderful atmosphere to be among on my Saturday afternoon. Soft chill out tunes filled the spaces and moments when conversation died down, the staff were very efficient and kind, it was truly a relaxing place to pass time.
All of the food for the café is handmade by Laura herself, with the gluten-free options being shipped in from a certified supplier. The handmade cakes and savouries are ever-changing, and are publicised on their Facebook page, to entice you to drop in and visit, time and time again. Milk is sourced from Maleny Dairies and Soy options are also available. I enjoyed a beautiful Pear and Almond tart, fresh and light, not too sweet, not too sour – perfectly balanced. By the looks of the other delicious morsels that have graced the cakes’ cabinet, I must get back there soon to enjoy some more!
The décor is comforting and inviting, reminiscent of an American-winters’ log cabin, lovingly decked out in beautiful timbers, complimented with splashes of blue. Central to the space is a long, movable trolley bench, accented with a hanging lamp. Smaller tables line the opposite walls, fit for one or two to quietly muse or reflect. Above these are more framed photographs, but this is the part I especially like…
…They’re not charging for space. However the caveat is that you can only be an amateur to hang and display your work on the walls. This gives emerging artists a wonderful platform to have their work enjoyed by all walks of clientele, no matter their background. It’s this initiative, to support those who need it most, but may not be able to afford it, that gives it a big star in my book.
During the outside hours of service, the space can be hired for large group events, tutorial sessions or whatever purpose you may require from a cute photography inspired venue, away from the bustle of the big city, with easy parking and catering at your fingertips.
There is also a shelf dedicated to photography-merchandise. You can buy all sorts of knick nacks for the photographer in your life… bracelets, charms, cups, mugs, cushions even! Complimented with T2 teas and jars of relish and jams, they’ve covered all bases. If all of that wasn’t enough, they’re active in the local photography scene as well. Hosting ‘Customer Photography Outings’ to local favourite haunts for a spot of landscape or street photography.
Please do check out their Facebook, and keep an eye out for their website, coming soon!
I was so impressed by the café, I really truly recommend that if you’re in Brisbane or surrounds that you drop in and support a local snap happy business. You won’t regret it!
A job beautifully well done, and I am trying to find time to come in and try more of your delicious cakes!
For more information on hanging in their space, attending their outings, or just oggling some delicious delicacies, check them out at:
2/65 Newman Road, Wavell Heights Queensland.
Is there anything these two can’t do?!