25 May 2017   

1 min read
Family serves up coffee which is making a difference to the Elara community

Brendon and Debbie Coombes are not your typical cafe operators.

The inspirational couple run Livvi’s Cafe at Stockland’s Elara community at Marsden Park, which is helping to raise funds to build play spaces inclusive for children of all abilities.

Mr Coombes gave up a career in logistics and Debbie a career in childcare, to serve up freshly brewed coffee, light meals and treats to the new residents of Elara in a bid to give back to the community.

When they aren’t bringing smiles to their customers faces, the selfless couple are doting on their two children Alex, 11, who has cerebral palsy and Mali, 8.

The couple’s cafe opened 18 months ago before a single house was built in the community and with their dedication and hard work it has become a landmark with many residents making it their go-to place. And as of last month, their dedication and hard work was recognised as Livvi's Cafe at Elara was named as a finalist in the Local Small Business Awards.

Livvi’s Café is the result of a national partnership between Stockland and the Touched by Olivia Foundation. Stockland has leased the building space and land free of charge to the Touched by Olivia Foundation whose primary focus is to build play spaces which are inclusive for children of all abilities, plus 20cents of every coffee goes back to the foundation.

They are open Thursdays and Fridays 8am - 1pm, Saturday 9am - 3pm and Sunday 10am - 3pm and located at the Elara Sales and Information Centre on Elara Boulevard. 

Drop in for a coffee, breakfast or lunch and say hi. With an adjoining playground there's something for everyone!