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Cafe culture by the Waterfront

11:26 11 January 2014

Continental Colours Cafe, neptune Quay, Ipswich

Kie Humphrey

Continental Colours Cafe, neptune Quay, Ipswich Kie Humphrey's and girlfriend Georgia Garvin

Kie’s happy to go continental and propte cafe culture

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Continental Colours Cafe, neptune Quay, Ipswich

Kie Humphrey's and girlfriend Georgia GarvinContinental Colours Cafe, neptune Quay, Ipswich Kie Humphrey's and girlfriend Georgia Garvin

Ipswich businessman Kie Humphreys was one of the earliest to see the potential of the Ipswich Wet Dock regeneration area.

Eleven years ago, with the help of his family, he took over a unit at Neptune Quay and opened the Continental Colours Cafe.

“In that time we have seen it all happening here,” he said, “The development of the marina, the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and the university have all been good for the area. It has changed dramatically.

“I did this straight from college with my sister, Kiri, and parents, Louise and Philip.” The family now have a coffee and cafe supply business, based in Bury St Edmunds too.

“The unit was just a shell when we took it and we fitted it out ourselves,” he said.“We have other businesses now.”

He looked back on a busy year at the Waterfront.

“The summer weather was much more consistent than 2012. It was lovely down here. Everyone loves being alongside the water.”

The previous year had been tough, he said. The weather had been poor and a lot of people had stayed home to watch the London Olympics on television.

In contrast last year had been much more positive for the Ipswich Waterfront businesses.

“I would like to see more retail here,” he continued. “There are more homes on the way and a lot of potential for other businesses too. The Maritime Festival is a big draw.

“Now, with more of the quayside paved towards Aurora Restaurant, there is a superb area for other events to be held down here. There is tremendous potential still at the Waterfront.”

Mr Humphreys, who also has an estate agency and property management business, Luv Property, is a firm believer in cafe culture.

“I spend a lot of time in cafes,” he said. “Cafes are social centres, they are also great places to do business.

“You can meet people all the time, and with mobile phones and laptops you don’t have to be out of touch.

“Cafes are great places for socialising. I always check others out. There is a Portuguese cafe in Thetford I go to which is a real social centre. I am really excited about my other cafe, Cafe Siena, in Tower Ramparts with all the town centre investment and new tenants opening there over the coming weeks.”

There are tables and seats outside, for better days, and from Easter each year, an additional decking area close to Neptune Marina overlooking the water to take advantage of the Waterfront views and the weather.

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5 comments

  • "Kie Humphrey's". Such high quality grammar from the caption-writer. The seven year-olds are getting everywhere.

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    beerlover

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • "and propte cafe culture" .... another piece of stunning writing and proof reading.

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    Johnthebap

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Johnthebap - Basic literacy and proofreading aren't important to the team in Lower Brook Street anymore, as the number of staff gets smaller and smaller. It's about time Archant sold the paper to a proper newspaper business. Archant just want to cash in on their Lower Brook Street location!

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    Mister Cynical

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I am not sure what part of this article is news. Excuse me for being confused. For me there is a difference between a feature section such as the business page on here where you can stick press releases supporting local businesses,. and of course, proper news.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • How low an opinion many people now have of these arrogant and declining newspapers (so-called). As you say 'Mister Cynical', they just don't care. What a shocking situation for our local press. Most of our comments are here now only because they automatically went through; as soon as they get the chance to censor they stifle opinion in the way that certain regimes around the world do. I agree that they should hand over to someone else but, from my experience with them, it should have been over 30 years ago.

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    Johnthebap

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

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