Café and shop at Just Traid in Bury St Edmunds set to reopen after extensive refurbishment
After almost an entire year of work, a refurbished café and shop in Bury St Edmunds is set to fully reopen to the public.
The Old School Café at Just Traid, in St John’s Street, has been holding pop-up events over recent Saturdays and is due to reopen its doors in the coming weeks or months, based on coronavirus restrictions easing.
The café and shop is run with the help of around 60 volunteers and a small team of paid staff, who, since last July, have painstakingly renovated the inside of the building.
Hayley Cook, manager, said she started by ripping up one of the carpet tiles in the shop and saw Parquet flooring underneath.
So began a four month process of removing the rest of the tiles alongside colleagues Loraine and Julie, among others, and sanding and varnishing the floor underneath.
The team also gave the inside of the building a fresh lick of paint, shelves were taken down, and new furniture and accessories were brought in.
Friends, family and workmen all chipped in their time and resources to help complete the renovation.
“We saw what we’d like to do but there was no money, so we decided to volunteer our own time,” Hayley said.
“People got to know what we were doing and helped out.”
Hayley, who has been manager at Just Traid for four years, said all those involved had been ‘amazing’ and thanked them for their generosity.
When the café opens, they will be offering an all-vegetarian menu and, when restrictions allow, a ‘child-friendly café’ event will be held every Monday.