Sand Dollar Café is a quaint café located in Dover, Christ Church that offers freshly made food made with love.
Located just a few metres behind the Dover cricket field, the nine-year-old café, which is operated by Ann Springer, offers takeaway and outdoor dining.
Reflecting on her journey as an entrepreneur for the past 14 years, Springer said she began her company with a cousin but found it challenging to continue after going overseas for treatment for breast cancer.
“When I came back six months later, I thought I could get the business back on its feet but it was ruined; it was not my company anymore so I had to cut my losses and close the company in that initial location. I was very depressed for a few months and a friend encouraged me to bake for supermarkets, which I did until my present business partner asked if I would like to help him at his kiosk and I took up the offer and began the rebirth of Sand Dollar Café,” she said.
Springer, who has been in the hospitality industry for over two decades, is passionate about serving fresh, wholesome food to her customers.
She can be seen interacting with customers who enjoy her meals daily.
“At Sand Dollar Café, our food is made from scratch daily. When you come to our establishment and you place an order, we make it fresh for you. We have some delicious salads that contain over ten nutritious items and our customers can have it dressed as they would like. Our pastas start with fresh vegetables and our customers have the option of adding a variety of meats to it. One of the things that our customers love is our delicious burgers and cutters which are also made to order. As our slogan says, we make our food with a lot of love and our customers thoroughly enjoy our meals,” Springer said.
One of the highlights of the business, she said, is that the flavourful food is offered in generous portions at an affordable cost.
The businesswoman shared that her period as a board member of the Intimate Hotels of Barbados had benefitted her in her current position.
“I sat on the board when I was the Manager of Melrose Beach Apartments. I gained a lot of experience that I still use today managing my business Sand Dollar Café,” she said.
A smiling Springer also offered some advice for young people seeking to enter the hospitality industry: “Follow your passion despite discouragement from others, and never give up!” (Write Right PR/BT)