‘Shabby chic’ choice for new business

Michael Gellar and Janice Ferraby outside Gellar's EMN-150707-094120001
Michael Gellar and Janice Ferraby outside Gellar's EMN-150707-094120001

One of Market Rasen’s empty shops has been given a makeover to provide the town with a perfect venue to meet friends.

Gellar’s cafe in the town’s Queen Street opened its doors last Wednesday, in the former nail bar shop.

And when it came to looking for premises to open their new business, the mother and son team, Janice Ferraby and Michael Gellar, knew Market Rasen was the place to be.

“We have always liked 
Market Rasen,” said Janice, who lives near Gainsborough.

“It’s sort of shabby chic; it’s a really nice place.”

And that is the finish they have given the cafe.

Three weeks of renovations have given a loft-style interior, with the furniture and accessories recycled or upcycled.

“It fitted the look we were after,” said Michael, who did all the work himself.

“We think it (the cafe)fits well into the town.

“The town has a lot to offer and our business will add to that.”

This is the first venture of this kind for Michael, who has previously managed bars and restaurants in the Bawtry area.

Plans are to get the cafe up and running and then see how customers would like to see it develop.

“At the moment, we are offering light lunches, drinks, healthy breakfasts, that sort of thing, but later I would like to look at a Mediterranean theme and tapas in the evening,” said Michael.

Part-time employment has already been created by the cafe and more could follow as the business builds.

But whatever the way forward is, there is one thing that won’t change.

“We are all about customer service,” added Janice.

“We offer everyone a very friendly welcome - whether you come in for lunch, a drink or a takeaway, it makes no difference, you will get the same treatment.”