Everything we do at Amblemead is centred around building a close community. That’s why we want you to meet Sarah Stewart from The Butler’s Pantry. Sarah will be operating her fabulously restored, vintage coffee cart, at our regular ‘Take A Break With Amblemead’ Coffee Events. During the month of March, we will be stationed in various locations around Mount Barker, 3 times a week, offering free coffees to the local community. We welcome you to join us! Keep an eye on our event page for more details.
So Sarah, where did your story begin?
To be completely honest, I never actually knew what I wanted to do when I grew up! Having children young has obviously sent me on a different path to most people my age. However, this never stopped me from pursuing things I enjoyed doing. I just kept moving forward with my life.
At 18 I worked in a local cafe. I loved every minute of it. From cooking, right through to being trained to become the cafe's barista. I learned a lot in 12 months. I then fell pregnant and worked up until 6 weeks before I was due.
After a failed long term relationship, I spent the next 18 months raising my daughter as a young single mum. At the same time. I studied event management and went on to finish my advanced diploma. My love for events grew; I stepped into different roles through volunteering and got to be involved in some great community events.
After meeting my partner and having another child two years later, one day I stumbled upon a mobile coffee van at an event and said to him, wouldn't that be a great job to do? Something that worked around our family and was flexible but also so much fun. It was then the idea of a vintage caravan came about and after finding the "one" on gumtree, the project began.
My parents have always been incredibly supportive of us kids growing up, and we were always allowed to express our creativity however we chose. I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so this has always been a part of my life. Their support has given me the foundation and courage for starting my own business. And, after 15 months of hard work and renovating, I made my dream happen!
We love the fundraising element of your service, can you tell us a bit about that?
Being involved in many community events, I have seen first-hand the hard work and effort the committees and volunteers put in. One day I had a moment and thought, wouldn't it be nice to be able to provide them with a service at their events, but to also be able to give a generous donation back to them without the members having to do any more hard work? By offering this to charities, clubs etc., it has allowed me the privilege of helping out and giving back.
What is a typical day for you?
My day starts as a Mum. Getting the children organised, fed and my eldest ready for school. Once school drop off is done, I then head home with my youngest and spend the next hour or so doing domestic duties. I then play with my Son, try to answer calls, respond to emails and sort paper work while keeping him busy. Most weeks we are travelling to get supplies for my business, coffee, cups, milk and anything else I need! This can be an epic task with a tired 3-year-old. I quite often have to navigate a full trolley at the warehouse, while dealing with some sort of tantrum or mischievous behaviour from my little one.
Then, it’s back to school for pick up and after school we all hang out until dinner. Bedtime routine begins at 6.30pm and they are usually tucked up by 7.30/8.00pm. Once they are asleep I curl up on the couch and spend the next 3-4 hours reading entrepreneurial books, flicking cover to cover absorbing any pages that grab my attention and feel relevant at the time, along with planning for the business and brainstorming new ideas.
What do you love most about your work?
I love the freedom it has given me and my family/work life. I feel the balance is just right. I love being able to get excited when I go to work and look forward to the people I get to meet at each event. Each booking makes me so grateful to be able to do this, which in turn makes me more passionate about my business. Having the privilege of being involved with different events and helping others celebrate their special day is amazing.
What do you love about the Adelaide hills community?
I love how supportive and friendly everyone is. It's great having regular customers coming to say hi and staying for a chat. The hills community are so lovely and welcoming.
What is your favourite item on the menu?
Coffee of course! But I do love the old-fashioned milkshakes. The best part is seeing how excited the older customers get when they relive their childhood and get to order an old favourite such as a lime milkshake!
We thank Sarah for taking the time to chat with us and we look forward to welcoming her to the Amblemead community. Come and find a little peace with us at Amblemead and enjoy a coffee on us this March! Details coming to the event page soon!