“I think it’s a great thing we’re seeing in St. John’s right now,” says Jonathan Howse. “It’s great to see business owners in their 20s working in their own shops.”
Howse is the co-owner of the new cafe Fixed Coffee & Baking, the latest local business start-up helmed by twentysomething entrepreneurs, joining the likes of Post Espresso and Fog Town Barber and Shop.
“The concept behind Fixed is fun,” says Howse. “We want to be a café where we take the coffee and food very seriously, but we don’t want to take ourselves seriously.” Howse and business partner Greg Hewlett plan to open Fixed by May 1 next to the War Memorial at 183 Duckworth Street, formerly Sappho’s Café.
Fixed will feature fresh French press coffee, made from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel beans. “We are also going to have a Mirage espresso machine, which is hand-built in the Netherlands and looks like a Ferrari,” says Howse. Breads, muffins, Montreal-style bagels, and scones will be baked in-house, and a selection of Scotch whiskys will be on hand. It’ll also be the only place we know in town to find a good selection of beers from the popular Quebec brewery, Unibroue.