Entrepreneur sets up coffee start-up in shadow of Lincoln landmark

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A Lincoln entrepreneur has taken inspiration from an iconic city landmark setting up her first coffee business.

The new independently-owned coffee shop will be opening tomorrow by Newport Arch – a 3rd-century Roman gate which is thought to be the oldest arch in the United Kingdom still used by traffic.

Newport Arch in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes

A new cafe, Coffee by the Arch replace the Bo-Peep Boutique shop, which has moved to Bailgate.

The opening is the lifelong dream of Simone Wilson who said: “I have always wanted to do this even as far back as when I was little.

Simon has always wanted to own her own business.

“When the opportunity came up, and with some redundancy money, I decided to go for it. It was a now or never thing of thing and always a lifetime ambition.”

After studying catering in college and gaining experience in hotels and restaurants, it was the perfect time for her to start her first venture.

The cafe has been renovated from the ground up with new floors, a new ceiling and total redecoration.

The new coffee shop has employed two part time staff and a Saturday position has been filled.

“I am a bit apprehensive, being my first venture, and we have staff that I have to take responsibility for and we hope people like the products that we will sell.” she said.

The shop, which can seat 19 people, will also be selling cakes, sandwiches and salads. Future plans also include hot food like sausage rolls.