A NEW cafe focusing on a mix of Greek and English products has opened its doors on High Street.

Aroma Café opened on May 31 beside Sonder Coffee and opposite the Trussell Trust.

The business opens in a property previously empty and derelict since 2018.

The owner of the business, Spiros Pigis, 44, and his partner and manager, Manouela Veneti, 47, have lived in Salisbury as of 2016, and since renovated the property for the opening of Aroma Café.

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Veneti and Pigis emphasise a focus on what Veneti called "a mixture of Greek products and English”, and have taken on their project following Pigis’ 30 years of barista experience.

Manager Manouela Veneti has since completed the first year of a four-year business management course with Ravensbourne University London, which she cites as the inspiration for the opening of the café.

Spiros Pigis and his partner and manager, Manouela VenetiSpiros Pigis and his partner and manager, Manouela Veneti (Image: Newsquest)

Although, the opening was not without its challenges: the couple faced an onslaught of obstacles regarding the property since taking over, including rotten structures and construction problems.

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Moving to the UK from Greece in 2016, the couple with their daughter, 13, show a passion for the fusion of cultures and the strong community spirit present throughout Salisbury.

Veneti calls for locals and tourists alike to: “Support the Salisbury community and family businesses,” and for: “Everyone to get together and make change for the better,”, having already been prevalent within the community through her work in the NHS in previous years.

Much of what they offer delivers this combination of culture; their vast array of cakes and pastries include Greek galaktoboureko, baklava, and koulouri, while they promise an even wider selection in the coming months for customers.

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These pastries can be seen on display alongside familiar lemon pies, chocolate mousses, croissants, and many other staples in the café.

Veneti said: “We love Salisbury. We’re all about the community and thrilled about the response so far – we are trying to make everyone happy by bringing together Greek and English cultures. People should feel welcome to come and try us out and enjoy what we love about Greece here.”

The Aroma Café is open from 6:30am to 7:30om, Monday to Sunday.