Double anniversary For Ilkeston entrepreneur

Published on: Thursday, 28th November 2019

A Nottinghamshire businesswoman who founded both a coffee shop and a cocktail bar in Ilkeston is set to mark the double anniversary of her business ventures.

Laura Cassidy (25) from Nottingham established Coffee Vida on the corner of Ilkeston’s Market Place in 2016, before adding a cocktail bar called Bar Vida directly next door in November 2018.

The Bar business is now set to celebrate its first year in business with a birthday bash on November 30.  According to Laura, it will also be her chance to thank the people of Ilkeston who have made both the coffee shop and the cocktail bar such thriving local hotspots.  

She said: "We have an established bedrock of regular customers".  As she moves into her fourth year in business, Laura has no regrets about her decision to relocate to the Derbyshire market town.

She said: “It’s hard work running a coffee shop and a cocktail bar. You have to apply yourself day and night to get it right but Ilkeston has been really good to me.

“Both the bar and the coffee shop are now established favourites here – so if we can play our part in helping bring extra life and colour to this part of the town, we’re delighted to be able to give something back.”

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