The Bunbury Forum Muffin Break has new owners and they’ve got some grand plans for the small business.
Helping young people get a start in the workplace and creating a friendly environment for people to enjoy a coffee are the goals of new Muffin Break owners Danielle and Darren Eichner.
The pair moved from Kalgoorlie with their family a year and a half ago and took over the business early in May.
Ms Eichner said she was thrilled to be able to put their own mark on the business.
“Opening a new Muffin Break store is an opportunity for us to belong in Bunbury. We can start our life here. Once we get it up and going, hopefully by Christmas we will be more connected,” she said.
“Muffin Break is important for us to get that sense of belonging. We want to be a part of our local community we can be a voice in the community.’
“I’ve always liked cooking, my mother really instilled in the desire to prepare my own food, so I’m really enjoying the work and bringing in homemade soups which is something which hasn’t been done before here.
“I really want the place to feel more homely rather than just another franchise.”
“We try to instill that in our family too, my son makes pancakes every Sunday for us so I hope one day to get my kids working here for a little while as their first job.”
Ms Eichner said she believes in using the business as a means to provide young people with an entryway into the workplace.
“We also like being able to help employ young people in their first job.”
Mr and Mrs Eichner are no strangers to small business and own a gas and plumbing business back in Kalgoorlie.
“I started off as a mechanical engineer, then a plumber, then an electrician, now a baker. I like learning new skills.”
Mr Eichner said taking over the ownership of the Muffin Break was a step towards becoming part of the community.
“It’s been good to meet all the locals and regular customers and getting to know their orders personally, it gives us a sense of community and our customers see that.”
“It’s a relaxed environment, people can come down, have a chat and a cup of coffee and try not to rush too much.”
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