FOR many businesses, if the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 did not prove their death knell, then it certainly caused a scaling down of ambitions. For one Llandudno coffee shop, though, quite the opposite.

Indeed, it was after the onset of coronavirus that Providero, based a stone’s throw from the Great Orme, took neighbours Poundstretcher’s relocation to Mostyn Champneys retail park as its cue to expand.

Evidently, with additional seating space as well as yoga and performing arts classes, bike hire space, a gallery, a book swap and more, it’s a risk that proved worth taking.

Operations manager Harry Ormerod, who runs the business with café manager Jake, said: “We did a deal to take on next door, and once we took it on, it gave customers somewhere to come and sit. It was a big open area, which meant everyone felt quite safe in there.

Rhyl Journal: An iced latte and a bagel from Providero. Photo: Harry OrmerodAn iced latte and a bagel from Providero. Photo: Harry Ormerod

“Upstairs was the old store room, which we ended up turning into a yoga studio. It’s a fitness hub, really, but we focus quite a lot on yoga, and lots of performing arts go on there, as well.

“I got in contact with Beics Bewts and We Cycle, who set up in the back. We Cycle do repairs, servicing and sell accessories; Beics Betws hire out a selection of different bikes.

“The classes are quite busy, the bike shops have gone mad now that it’s the summer holidays, and we have a few different groups come into the overspill seating, like a Welsh class and a knitting group.

“We have a lot of people come to work there, and then at the weekends, it’s just like a normal busy café.”


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Providero prides itself on high-quality coffee, roasted in the town, and using produce from the region whenever possible.

With cakes and light seasonal lunches on the menu, too, it’s also a great place to take your pooch, as a dog-friendly café.

That’s not at all – there are also vegan and gluten-free options, while free WiFi and disabled access is also provided.

Harry added: “We try to really make sure it (coffee) is at the highest standards possible. It’s from Heartland Coffee Roasters in Llandudno – literally walking distance from us.

“Often, customers go on the tour of Heartland as well as visiting us.

“Our focus is always to try and have the best coffee we possibly can.”

Providero, 112 Mostyn Street, Llandudno, LL30 2SW.

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