Anne Paterson waiting for another customer behind the counter of Gym Beans in Grafton Shoppingworld.
Anne Paterson waiting for another customer behind the counter of Gym Beans in Grafton Shoppingworld.

Valley is to Anne's taste

LIKE a lot of Clarence Valley people, Anne Paterson has found it almost impossible to break away from the Clarence Valley.

The daughter of a Grafton-born-and-bred bank manager, Bruce Ryder, Anne arrived with her family while at primary school.

Later on she "kinda tried to leave" but found the pull too strong.

Her love of the hospitality industry and in particular coffee has strength- ened the ties even further.

She met her husband Mark when she worked at Temptations, a cafe in the old Grafton Shoppingworld.

Together they owned and ran Purple Haze in King St and branched out further with Gym Beans Espresso Bar in the revamped Shoppingworld 18 months ago.

The couple recently sold Purple Haze after running it for eight years, allowing them to concentrate on building up their coffee business.

"I love coffee and I love people so it's a perfect fit," Anne said.

"We've got a passion for coffee and a passion for good service.

"We want to build the business up to everything it can be."



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