2016: After months of scoping out locations, they stumbled upon a small retail space in downtown Goderich in March. During that time you could find Cait, Spencer and their contractors knee deep in paint buckets, drywall dust, and nails. Utility vans were driven back and forth to Toronto auctions or “the graveyards of small business dreams”, as Cait coined them, to pick-up used kitchen equipment, all while fulfilling a busy catering schedule. Five months later, they would open the door to Cait’s Cafe in the midst of summer.
2021: Now, they are in their fifth year of business with two young kids, and thrilled to be a part of the incredible Goderich community. The cafe has turned into a refuge for many – a place to meet, unwind, and escape; a place Cait & Spencer are incredibly proud of. Their menu continues to evolve to accommodate various needs of locals and passersby, and their ability to source coffee beans from local roasters; veggies & fruit from local organic farmers; and eggs, meat, and cheese from local businesses, is a dream realized.
In retrospect, the decisions that resulted in the birth of the cafe seem pretty risky, but without great risk, there is no great reward. Cait and Spencer couldn’t be happier they took that leap of faith back in 2014.