The GO4 Enterprises Market Café opened just over a month ago in Holy Trinity Church (one of the oldest buildings in Colchester, parts of which date back to about 1000AD) and is an amazing place full of craft, art, vintage stuff and a great café.
I popped in an bumped into the local legend that is Peter Hope who is the mastermind behind getting the market café going and also a host of other projects that make a real difference to young people under the GO4 Enterprises banner. GO4 Enterprises is a community based social enterprise working to provide employment, training and personal development through continual mentoring and support of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
There’s a real buzz of life about the place and it’s a tribute to Pete’s networking skills that he’s got such a great range of traders based there. In the centre is space for pop-up stalls so there’s also that sense of intrigue about what you might find each time you’re in.
The café uses locally sourced food supported by Platform 2 Catering (which is another brilliant idea!) and the coffee is highly recommended. When I was in for a meeting with a friend there were just a few people in the café space but this quickly filled up. There were also a few people sitting out at the tables in the entrance pathway.
I live in a town with an over-abundance of corporate coffee chain outlets each proclaiming their individuality yet looking roughly the same and the prospect of meeting people in any of them somehow feels instantly boring. So the GO4 Market café is a stand out winner for me with its unique venue, interest and quality food & drink.
And it’s making a difference, a real difference, in the lives of young people.