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Cafe name conundrum

Grafton Art Gallery cafe proprietor Liza Bloomer has a task on her hands to decide a name for her cafe from more than 100 entries that have flooded in through the Examiner’s website.
Grafton Art Gallery cafe proprietor Liza Bloomer has a task on her hands to decide a name for her cafe from more than 100 entries that have flooded in through the Examiner’s website. Debrah Novak

SHE HAS been served with more than 100 suggestions, now all local restaurateur Liza Bloomer has to do is pick one.

On July 6, Clarence Valley residents were invited to put on their thinking caps and create a name for the new cafe Ms Bloomer plans to open at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

The Daily Examiner has been assisting Ms Bloomer in her quest to discover the perfect title. An online invitation was posted on the Examiner's website earlier this month.

After receiving a plethora of what she describes as inventive, creative and spontaneous name suggestions, Ms Bloomer is overwhelmed by the community's response.

"Some of the suggestions did give me a giggle," she said.

"Others were very clever.

"A lot of the suggestions put forward had a recurring artistic theme and a lot of the names had the words palate and art included in them."

Ms Bloomer said entrants displayed a keen eye for detail in the names they wrote.

Of the 100-plus suggestions, Ms Bloomer said there were "quite a few replications", and a few names which she had already considered. She was delighted to see so many people responded to her invite.

"It is going to be difficult to select the best one.

"There are a few good names which stand out from the rest," she said.

"I am definitely going to think about it for a while before I make my decision.

"It might be quite surprising if there are a few winners who all suggested the same name because they will have to share the prize together."

Ms Bloomer said the winning name for her cafe will most likely be one of the front-runners she has her eye on. She said she will pay special attention to the names which show merit and creativity.

"There are a few names I am considering, we'll have to wait and see," she teased.

The lucky winner (or winners) will be announced at the official opening of Ms Bloomer's new cafe on July 27.

Ms Bloomer will offer the winner a complimentary cup of coffee at her new cafe every day for a year.

"It will be my special way of saying thank you," she said.

Topics:  cafe, grafton regional gallery, name


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