In Conversation with
Olivia Parker - Good Boy Coffee

Olivia Parker

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your business?

I've always worked in the food industry - studying at Ballymaloe Cookery School and Le
Cordon Bleu in London. I've been a pastry chef, baker and food styling assistant before
getting into the coffee industry. I have a speciality coffee shop in Turnham Green called Good
Boy Coffee. It's a small, grab and go, dog-friendly coffee shop opposite Chiswick Common.
Outside of work, I live in Fulham with my dog, Ezra, who gladly takes up most of my free time
these days. My life mainly revolves around my shop, my dog, food, holidays and Netflix.

Olivia Parker

How did Good Boy Coffee start and what's the story behind the name?

It started from a frustration of not being able to find good speciality coffee in South West
London. With my background in hospitality, I saw a gap in the market and decided to go
with it. I wanted to create a place with great coffee but that was also very friendly,
unpretentious and dog-friendly, because in case it's not obvious, I absolutely LOVE dogs.

Olivia Parker

Can you describe the atmosphere and sense of community at Good Boy Coffee?

It's very welcoming and personal. We love nothing more than getting to know our
customers. For me, it's really satisfying to feel like we're part of a community, which has
been very evident over lockdown. For some people coming to the shop is their only
interaction with another person for the day. They're not just coming to get a coffee,
they're coming to catch up, get out of the house or see a friendly face. We've seen
customers get married, have babies, go through good times and bad, and it's nice to feel
like we've been part of their lives even if it's just for 5 minutes of their day.

What do you enjoy most about running the cafe?

Other than easy access to delicious coffee and a great team, seeing customers enjoying
my coffee really makes it worthwhile. We're lucky that they're so lovely.

Olivia Parker

What advice would you give to someone starting up their own business?

Once you've figured out what you want to do, work in that industry for a while so you
have a better understanding of what works and doesn't work. I did this for a few years
before opening Good Boy and the experience was really valuable. It's obviously going
to be hard work no matter what you do, which is why it's so important to choose
something that you love..

Can you walk us through a day in your life?

My day starts early with being woken up by my handsome dog, Ezra. The best alarm
clock ever! I make a coffee for the road and we head straight to the park on the way to
Good Boy. From there it's dealing with the daily surprises of running your own business.
Every day is different. Thankfully I have an awesome team which makes life easier!
Then home to finish off admin before a workout and an evening walk with Ezra.

Olivia Parker

How do you make your clothes work for you and your busy lifestyle?

I'm either covered in coffee or mud by the end of the day so I'm usually looking for
something stylish yet comfortable. I tend to stick with neutral/earthy tones so that I know
my whole wardrobe at least vaguely matches!

What are your go-to wardrobe staples?

I have a pretty standard uniform that I wear every day and maybe change it up with a
different jumper occasionally! Comfortable sneakers that I can walk all day in and don't
mind getting a bit dirty, jeans, a white t-shirt, an army green shirt or jumper and a camel
trench coat. I love coats and am always looking for another one to add to the collection.

Olivia Parker

And finally...
If I wasn't running Good Boy Coffee... I've always loved interior design so either an
interior designer or, and this is a wild card, own a pressure washing business. I could
watch pressure washing videos for hours. Hopefully both can still be achieved!
My day isn't complete until... I've had a glass of red wine and a piece of dark chocolate.
On my Christmas list... I can never have enough winter coats!
My ideal breakfast... This is a very tough one as I love food and especially love breakfast
BUT if I go out it's an oat flat white to start, followed by sweetcorn fritters, poached eggs
and a side of bacon. If I stay in, it's almond yoghurt with berries, chia,
nuts and various other toppings. I have this pretty much every morning.
Words to live by... F**k it.
My favourite London hangout... Borough Market. Good food, good coffee and especially
good people watching.

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