An eatery with a difference: Happy Heart Café
Can a café help make you happy and healthy? Nicolette Lawson, of Happy Heart Café, in Olton, Solihull, certainly thinks so.
The Richmond Road café opened in 2014 after Nicolette had a vision of a cosy café where people would feel welcome and be able to eat healthy food.
She said: “As a hypnotherapist, I treat a lot of people for weight issues, anxiety and depression and am interested in diet as well as the need for more happiness.
“I wanted to create a happy, healthy place that would make people smile and satisfy a range of dietary issues.
“People find it difficult to eat out when they are on a diet or need to avoid certain foods so we always have vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options, fresh salads and soups, home-made cakes and a range of drinks to suit everyone.”
The café aims to create a welcoming atmosphere with sofas, a mish-mash of recycled furniture and inspirational quotes on the walls.
Visitors can choose from a simple healthy menu (characterised by an absence of the customary fry-ups and white bread) and stay for as long as they like.
There are also regular events designed to bring the community together – including Guitar Live, Open Mic Night, Psychic Night, Knit & Natter sessions and Photographic Club.
There are also pop-up restaurants, authors readings and workshops.
Happy Heart Café recently joined the Happy Café Network – part of the charity Action for Happiness, whose patron is the Dalai Lama.
Nicolette said: “When I saw the article about Happy Cafés, I knew we had to join. That’s been our intention for the café all along and it’s great to link in with this larger movement. We now look forward to adding happiness workshops to our event diary – starting in July.”
For more information visit website www.happyheartcafe.co.uk, follow the café on Facebook or Twitter @happyheartcaf.