Paid to Play Episode 6: Leigh Dall’Osto, Plan B Cafe

The common trend in career changes is people giving up their old job in order to focus on what they love to do. While opening and managing a cafe might seem about as far removed from politics as you can get, Leigh Dall’Osto opened Plan B Cafe in order to keep doing what she’s always wanted to do, even when political avenues closed on her – help bring the people in her community, the town of Edmonton (around fifteen kilometres south of Cairns), together.

In my second location recording, I had the chance to sit down with Leigh at her cafe and talk about just how a cafe can help people get to know others in their own town – and what some of the surprises along the way have been!

Are You Curious?

The exterior of Plan B Cafe.
The exterior of Plan B Cafe.

How did you find another way to reach a goal when your original plan didn’t get you to it?

Show Notes

If You Want to Skip Ahead

  • 03:00 – About Plan B Cafe
  • 03:53 – Stallholders and Local Connections
  • 05:00 – Prior Experience
  • 06:10 – Why Plan B Cafe really is Plan B
  • 7:30 – Surprises: Cupcakes, Scones and Positive Feedback
  • 9:36 – Advice #1: Diversify
  • 10:55 – Good People
  • 13:04 – Experiments that Didn’t Work Out
  • 14:38 – Things Leigh could Do Without
  • 16:30 – Things to Try Out in the Future
  • 17:47 – Advantages of Being your Own Boss
  • 20:55 – What is Leigh Looking Forward to Getting Back Outside Business Hours?
  • 23:08 – Advice #2: Flexible Personality and Advertise Before You Open

Links

Plan B Cafe

Bruce Highway
Edmonton, Qld 4869
Australia

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Images from Leigh Dall’Osto’s Facebook profile.

  • Hey Rob I think your Blog is fascinating, energetic and very informative. I’ve just listened to your podcast for Plan B Cafe. Please in future if you are talking about somewhere “local”, can you please announce the location. It was never mentioned in your Podcast and I would have really connected with the story if I had realised it was a new Cafe in Edmonton where I live 🙂

    • Ooops! Very good point, Celia! I’ll make sure to do that in the future!

      (Added in edit:) And actually, I’ll do it for this post, too!