The structure itself has seen many lives over time, from a paint supply shop to a builder’s hardware shop and even a motor mechanic. Janine Whitfield purchased the Mezzanine building in partnership with the Betlands in 2004 after it had been closed and vacant for over four years.
Janine quickly saw the potential for what was going to become the business of her dreams. It all started out as a small coffee shop with homewares, gift wares and a boutique tile shop until 3 years later Janine found herself the sole owner of the extraordinary building.
Janine says she has really enjoyed her time at Mezzanine but it has been a lot of hard work, particularly at the beginning. Persevering, the shop space began to take shape after rubbing back walls and floors and making it habitable. The menu has always been quite simple, with different main dishes each day and an all-day breakfast, fantastic cold drinks and smoothies and of course the famous Fish River Roasters coffee. Each week the menu
has changed and always modernises with the food trends.
After living in Forbes all her life, Janine is surrounded by her family and adds “I couldn’t have done this without them.” Janine said she is thankful to all her loyal customers and staff throughout the years and that Mezzanine is a place where she has made a lot of very good friends. She also wished the new owners Luke and Moana Duggan all the best when they take over at the end of September.
Janine is off for a well-earned rest and in her words “my plan is not to have a plan”. From everyone at the Forbes Phoenix, good luck Janine and enjoy your time off. You will be missed!