Less than two months after the closure of S’bury Coffee, a new café has opened in its location, bringing Wimborne Coffee Roasters’ coffee back to Cross Keys Shopping Centre.

Marley Burnett, 39, and Nadia Leathes, 32, have named the new shop The Cozy Corner Café.

Marley said he was inspired by his experience of enjoying the Cross Keys café area while growing up in Salisbury and saw a need to fill the space when S’bury Coffee closed.

He said: “That was my idea, that was my vision- to get it back, because that’s what it used to be. I remember coming through here as a teenager and seeing the café, so that in my head I thought we could make that work again.”

Salisbury Journal: The Cozy Corner Cafe opened to an estimate of more than 500 people on Monday, April 8.

Marley estimated more than 500 people arrived for the soft opening of the café on Monday, April 8, attended by a free face painter and magician to entertain children.

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Marley said: “Very, very busy start. We’re very pleased with the opening day.”

Part of the unique offering of The Cozy Corner Café is a soft play zone for children in the outdoor seating area.

Marley said: “We owned another soft play business for the children, which is out here and then we thought it would be a great idea to—when this coffee shop closed—we thought it would be a good idea to utilise what we already had- soft play, and turn it into more of a café, rather than just a coffee shop.

“That’s why we’ve got hot food, as well. We’ve got breakfasts and lunches with the soft play built in.”

The coffee is sourced from Wimborne Coffee Roasters with other foodstuffs coming from as near as possible.

Marley said: “We like to keep things as locally sourced as we can.”

The business is a family affair, staffed by family and family friends, including Marley’s nephew, daughter and their friend.

Marley, who also operates a fruit and vegetable stand on the market with his brother that was founded by their father 40 years ago, said: “Workwise, I’ve always worked with family, always.

“When you’re with your family, you’re all together and it’s a thing where you know everyone’s going to put in 100 per cent. You can trust everyone.”