Our second customer showcase is For FIKA Sake - an artisan cafe with a social heart. We're thrilled to be working with them and in particular enjoy their ethos of embracing ideas and engaging their community - one which reflects our own.
Owner Simon Forsythe's route into the coffee industry is not really an unusual one - he took a job in coffee as a side job while working on his photography. However, the thing that makes it interesting is what he has created since then: a one-of-a-kind space in Partick serving speciality coffee, great food and sweet treats. As well as that it is the venue for a wide ranging array of events, from life drawing to pottery, to language classes, music events and much more.
For FIKA Sake began as a social enterprise - a project conceived by Simon and two friends with the intention of providing Partick and eventually greater Glasgow a space to come together to be creative and enjoy great coffee and cake - as per the Swedish social concept of Fika. In mid 2016, Simon took the reigns by himself and after a long period of working 7 days a week grew the business into one of Partick's go-to venues.
Expect a warm welcome at FIKA, lots of nooks and crannies for comfortable sitting, delicious cakes from local suppliers and of course coffee by The Good Coffee Cartel.
Simon's view is that FIKA is now fulfilling it's potential as a community space, and he has his hands full co-ordinating weekly pottery classes with Stef Baxter (who is also one of the resident potters at The Good Coffee Cartel), life drawing classes and regular music events. Add in to that an ambitious WTF at FFS. This is a Winter Time Festival featuring a different event every single night for two weeks - there are some fantastic music acts featuring, as well as a chilli night, open mic and a gin tasting. Even The Good Coffee Cartel boys will be turning up for a coffee tasting on Sunday 9th.
It's safe to say that Simon has his hands more than full. That's before we even mention that there are very quiet and humble rumblings - mere tremors right now - of FIKA #2.
As far as we're concerned, the more FIKAs the better.
Simon regularly demonstrates his photographic prowess on Fika's Instagram. Get yourself over to their Instagram here: FIKA's Instagram
You can drink coffee by The Good Coffee Cartel at FIKA every damn day of the week.
Monday: 11am-5pm, Tues / Weds: 10am - 6pm, Thursday: 10am-9pm, Friday: 10am-6pm, Sat / Sun: 10am-6pm. 7 Keith Street, Glasgow.
And it is with pride and respect that we welcome Simon and the rest of the FIKA crew to The Cartel.
T & C