New Haverhill café Stellar Coffee House is providing a stage for local musical talent
The team behind a new licensed café now open in Haverhill believe it will provide the ideal platform for singers, musicians and DJs to showcase their talents.
Stellar Coffee House in the High Street has been opened by Andrei Neculaita, whose previous experience of running the nightclub, Play Club Beceni, for 15 years in his native Romania provides the ideal grounding for his new venture.
Andrei, assisted by his wife Mihaela, operations manager Carl Mynott, and a team of staff will provide not just a range of drinks, including draught and bottled beers, freshly made cocktails and Tunki coffee, but also live music on Fridays and Saturdays, with bands and DJs playing on alternate weeks.
Last Saturday the café, which opens seven days a week, closing at 1.30am on Friday and Saturday, was packed as the DJ, Booney performed at its opening music night.
For Andrei, 40, who has lived in Haverhill for three years, the chance to open the venue came about, ironically, because of the pandemic.
He said: “I was working for Oasis, near Risby, as a driver. I was working there and Covid came and they sent us home, everyone, so I was like, okay what do I do now.
“I had some money and I opened a garage and after about half a year I took this place.
“If Covid didn’t come along I would still be working at Oasis.”
Having secured the lease on the building, formerly a white goods shop, Andrei spent two months designing, refurbishing and redecorating it, with new flooring, a new ceiling, bar and toilets and numerous comfy sofas all added.
Mr Mynott is working with some well connected people on the local music scene, such as Dave Hammond, from Cambridge 105 FM, to bring in live music acts, especially local bands.
He said: “There is not much going on in the live music scene (in Haverhill). You’ve got ticketed stuff like the arts centre but this gives younger people looking to enter the scene an opportunity they have never had before.
“It’s a really good opportunity for young people, or anyone, to form a band and have somewhere to play.”
Haverhill band, Umbrella Assassins, will be playing at the café today. All music events are not ticketed.