In 2014, Remy and Bonnie, a husband and wife team and the operators of Fox In The Chamber, made the move from Melbourne to Woodend.
With a shared passion for produce, community, and social initiatives, Remy and Bonnie's paths converged early in their careers. Remy, having worked with notable Melbourne coffee establishments like Code Black and Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, brought his expertise to the table. Meanwhile, Bonnie managed venues and freelanced in design studios.
Their collaboration began when Bonnie, leading a not-for-profit team supporting the unemployed through coffee training workshops for Melbourne Social Enterprise, sought someone to host these workshops. Recommended by others, Remy, then a senior barista at Proud Mary Café, eagerly accepted the offer. This was just the start of their journey, as both Remy and Bonnie continued to engage with their local community, regardless of their location or occupation.
Among their many professional achievements, the couple takes immense pride in a neighbourhood garden project that involved disadvantaged community members. The project not only brought people together through the joy of harvesting their own produce but also created a safe space for sharing experiences, learning, and exchanging stories.
Having always envisioned settling in a rural area, Woodend was a recurring topic of conversation. The couple already had dreams of opening their own café that would grow high-quality, sustainable produce. After a few visits to the region, they knew without a doubt that Woodend was the perfect place to make their vision a reality.
During the initial period, Remy and Bonnie commuted to Woodend but also dedicated hours to working at The Chamber Art & Coffee House, the existing art gallery and café in the Council Chamber building. Owned by Philip Holgate at the time, they lent a helping hand during busy periods for the first six months. This experience proved invaluable in getting to know the local community and solidified their love for The Chamber and its surroundings.
When the opportunity arose to purchase the café in early 2016, just weeks before the birth of their first child, Remy and Bonnie eagerly seized it, marking the beginning of their chapter as Fox In The Chamber.
Looking ahead, we can be certain that Bonnie and Remy's passion for the environment, innovation, and fostering connections will continue to shape something truly unique for years to come!
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