Standing outside Stripes and Blossom you could be forgiven for thinking you’re at the beach in the 1970s, for the outside seating is unusual. Pull up a stool or better still… a striped deck chair.
Stripes and Blossom: That’s New!
by Kathryn Heathcote
Step inside Sripes and Blossom, the recently opened cafe in Launceston, and prepare to be greeted with the wonderful aroma of freshly brewed Tasmanian coffee and tea while surrounded by a vast rainbow of colours. This is not just a café; this is where beautiful handmade lampshades, curtains and upholstery are created.
Owners Louise and John Hann moved from Sydney to Tasmania to be closer to family. Louise is a milliner by profession and her family originates from Launceston. Along with her husband John, she also makes beautiful furnishings, including handmade lampshades. No matter the desired colour scheme or theme, John and Louise can create something functional and aesthetically pleasing.
The range of Hobart-based Chado Teas are beautifully served on a tray with a quaint black teapot. Or customers can relax with a colourful cup filled with Villino coffee or chocolate. The detail in the presentation has you thinking that the detail in their beautiful fabric pieces must be equally impressive.
Louise likes to source local crafts and gifts for Stripes and Blossom. These include hand painted cards from Wilma De Hann; beautifully printed t-towels by Georgie Armstrong and local jewellery from Susanne Wiltshire of Pot Kettle Black.
A myriad of fabrics with colourful designs can be selected from the rolls stacked against the wall. Feel ribbons and cushions on shelves and be drawn into the delightful mixture on offer. Or just enjoy a cup of coffee from the cheerful cups and walk away with a smile.
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