Written by Carolyn Hair.
Café Revival is Bristol’s oldest coffee house (most likely), a lunch-time favourite by day, and an intimate, candlelit venue serving virtual wine when the sun goes down. (Yes, virtual wine…)
And it’s the winner of Bristol Pound Business of the Month as chosen by you.
Café Revival is right in the heart of historic Bristol in a beautiful listed building on Corn Street, where there has been a coffee shop since the 1740s.
Owner, Mark Rind is continuing the coffee house tradition. He’s delighted to be the first winner of Bristol Pound Business of the Month, and has been accepting the local currency for almost a year, since he took over the business.
Where everybody knows your name…
“Txt2Pay definitely brings in business,” Mark told me, “People see the sign and are more likely to pop in. It’s always a conversation starter.” Mark and his team enjoy calling customers by their first name too, a popular part of Txt2Pay, when your name appears on the trader’s mobile phone personalising the transaction.
Mark’s team love the indie ethos of both Café Revival and Bristol, so they enjoy using Bristol Pounds and chatting with customers about it. One member of staff even asked to be paid in £B.
“The Bristol Pound sign on the window is like a badge of independence,” said Mark, “and customers can see straight away that Café Revival is part of that scene, which is ideal for a community, local café.
“The Bristol Pound is good for Bristol, and puts the city on the map nationally. It’s another quirky reason to visit Bristol which people think of as being unique and different.”
Bristol Pound business matchmaking
Bristol Pound turned out to be a business matchmaking service too for Café Revival. By chance another Bristol Pound business owner, Bricktop Locals, popped into the shop using £B. Mark got chatting to him – as you do when you use the local currency – and asked him to get to work on the Café Revival locks.
Mark also uses Bristol Pounds on staff drinks and bonuses (just like Sift Digital), as well as at St Nicks and to pay his business rates.
£B businesses love to innovate
Café Revival embodies the £B ethos of creativity and innovation too. Recently the cafe has transformed its three floors of coffee shop into an intimate space ready for nightlife.
Mark has devised a solution to that perennial problem of differing wine preferences. You can buy vouchers which give you six glasses of wine, so you can mix ‘n match and sample new tastes. The vouchers don’t run out so if you just fancy one glass, you can pop back again to use up the rest of them (or drink it all at once). What a nice way to buy a glass of vino in an indie bar rather than a chain pub.
Congratulations again to Café Revival for being your Bristol Pound Business of the Month!
Head to 56 Corn Street – it’s open Wednesday to Saturday until midnight as a bar/restaurant, and seven days a week as a café. It’s a favourite haunt of the Bristol Pound team too, so we might see you there.
What’s your favourite Bristol Pound Business?
Which Bristol Pound Business do you think deserves the title next? Are you a business owner in Bristol who’s doing a gert lush job of promoting the £B?
Send us your pictures of your favourite Bristol Pound business, tweet @BristolPound or share on Facebook. Bristol Pound businesses, encourage your followers to vote for you as Bristol Business of the month with #£Bbusiness. We’ll reveal your winner in December. The challenge is on…