GOOD TIMES AHEAD: The Workshop owners K and Vanessa Norimi have their sights set for big things in 2016.
GOOD TIMES AHEAD: The Workshop owners K and Vanessa Norimi have their sights set for big things in 2016. Emma Clarke

Swedish Sundays and puppy-chinos in line for The Workshop

IMAGINE sitting around a coffee table on a circle of lounges with your friends, eating Danish pastries and shopping the latest Ikea catalogue from an iPad.

East St's iconic The Workshop has come a long way since its debut 12 months ago but Swedish Sundays is the latest venture to be added to the business's café, food outlet, bar and creative space.

And virtually shopping Ikea from a lounge on East St, using the power of friends for discounted shipping costs, is just the beginning.

"(The Workshop) started with late-night talks with friends and like-minded people about how to make Rocky more awesome," owner Vanessa Norimi said.

"Once you find an amazing space, the ideas start to grow."

With the café set to open on Sundays, Swedish Sundays' debut in February and Dog Days Out about to kick off, free puppy-chinos are another layer of icing on The Workshop cake.

Ms Norimi said the business faced its fair share of setbacks since opening but a gap in the local market and a creative vision was the recipe for success.

"We didn't start a business model straight out of the box because the nature of where we started meant we had to respond to what Rockhampton wanted," she said.

She said some trial and error meant it was still seeing people through the door and drinks across the bar.

"Unless you wanted to put up with pokies going in the background, a members draw and a watery steak, there is nowhere (in Rockhampton) for young families," she said.

"But if kids drop stuff on the floor here, that's okay because good times are had when the family is together."

Get involved

The Workshop is at 45 East St and is open from Monday to Saturday, for coffee from 7.30am and for the bar from 5pm (Thursday to Saturday only)



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