Sycamore turns seven

The Sycamore Tree Coffee Shop is celebrating its 7th birthday this week.

Situated at 185 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, it was set up by the Uniting Church in 1986.

The Sycamore Tree is open to everyone, regardless of religious denomination.

The proceeds from the venture go back into the community, according to Mrs Rae Officer, who runs the coffee shop.

“Many people who are visiting relatives in nearby hospitals drop in to the coffee shop for a chat and a snack,” Mrs Officer said.

Some of the beneficiaries have included Life Education programs at Banksia College as well as an Open House Drop in Centre.

“On Friday nights a group of people who have suffered from psychological problems meets here from 7.30 to 10pm.

“During the day we are open to the public from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm.

Morning and afternoon teas, as well as luches are served each week day.

Home made soup and rye bread sandwiches are specialities.”

Dine-in and take-away facilities are provided.

“Apart from good, reasonably priced food, we offer a friendly, supportive atmosphere,” Mrs Officer said.


Newspaper article – 1993