WHEN your cafe has been insanely busy in its first 12 months of business, the only crazy thing to do is hold a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

That was the method behind the madness of the birthday celebrations on Wednesday at the Tilted Teaspoon in Grafton's Prince St.

Cafe owner Skye Harrison and staff members Catherine Moloney and Bhre Sonson put together crazy dress ensembles for the day to celebrate their first year in business.

"We opened this day last year and since then it's been a bit of a crazy whirlwind so we thought we'd just celebrate it by being a bit crazy ourselves," Ms Harrison said.

"It's been really well received by our customers. They've been really excited to see our progress."

Ms Harrison said people thought she was mad opening a cafe in what was supposedly a "dead" part of Grafton's CBD.

Instead the location has been a blessing for the fledgling business.

"A lot of people were sceptical about how successful a cafe would be down this end," she said.

"It's really been a big success because there's ample parking and I guess people can see it from the road and see it's somewhere a bit different to go."

The idea must not have been completely crazy because within weeks another cafe, Heart and Soul, opened next door.

Partners Evan and Shelley Kirke and Rachel and Marcel Konig opened their business on Jacaranda Queen crowning day in 2013.

Ms Harrison and Ms Kirke believe the two businesses complement each other.

"We do different things," Ms Kirke said.

"We do more cold food, they do the more traditional cafe food."



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