“We saw the potential to turn the space here into something nice and bring more life into the city.

“The décor is just what my brother and I wanted to do, our ideas. We didn’t want to buy anything from catalogues, we found things individually that we liked.

“We didn’t know where to start with the business so we thought we should go and see the Townsville Business Development Centre and they really helped us out. They talked to us about how to fit-out a shop, an efficient way of setting up a café, because we’re really restricted for space. They helped with our social media and all the behind-the-scenes work of running a business, which we had no idea about.”

Advice for people looking to follow their dream of owning a café?

“Do as much as you can yourself – it keeps costs down and adds more personality to your shop. But definitely get help with the business side of things.”

From the outset, Sean and Conor from Hoi Polloi Cafe in Denham Lane were clear they wanted to run a unique cafe and the coffee needed to be great. It’s undeniably become one of the coolest places for coffee in Townsville. Make sure you stop in after the markets this morning, and keep watching this one – they’ve got big plans for this little shop!