Cafe's been melting hearts for 10 years
ANNE Neubecker likes to have a laugh with her customers, and after a decade in the business it's no surprise they all feel a bit like family.
Miss Neubecker co-owns Melting Moments Kafe with Leonie Collins and Kathy Newey and the cafe celebrated turning 10 in April this year.
"It's always very busy with all the people and the regulars," she said
Long-time customer Jenny Sauer said she loved visiting the cafe because of the atmosphere.
"I love the simplicity of it," she said.
"With coffee shops everywhere, you've got to sense the feeling to come back.
"If I have a piece of carrot cake, I love the presentation," she said.
"Garnished with flowers from my garden," added Miss Neubecker.
Mrs Sauer said she also loved the feeling of the open cafe, saying the ability to relax with some people watching reminded her of Saturday nights in the 1950s.
"Mothers used to sit in the cars and admire other women's outfits," she said.
Melting Moments regular Joan Pearce is affectionately known at the cafe as cousin Joan.
"If I've been coming here 10 years it's a good place to come and the food is very delicious," she said.
"The coffee is beautiful here."
Miss Neubecker said throughout the years the cafe had stuck to a tried and true formula of coffee and food that people enjoyed and came back for.
"We probably go through about 50kg of lasagne a week," she said.
"And the fresh air, I hate the air conditioning."
Melting Moments recently took out the Paint the Town Purple fundraiser, raising $561.15 for Relay for Life.
"We had up to 30 balloons, purple biscuits, purple cupcakes," Miss Neubecker said.
"I even had to do purple hair."
The reality of cancer hit home for Miss Neubecker, following the recent deaths of two of her regular customers.
"One lady came in one Monday and said goodbye," she said.
Miss Neubecker said the Bourbong St cafe used local produce and cakes baked by Melting Moments by Leone, who is based on Birks St.