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IT’S GOODBYE TO THE OLIVE BRANCH CAFÉ AND BEULAH DRESS AGENCY

This pandemic has affected everyone’s lives and businesses in many ways. Staff have been furloughed and some even let go. Some businesses, too, have had to close- and Rhiwbina has not escaped the impact, writes Sophie Platt.

The Olive Branch café has been in Rhiwbina for 35 years. It was first launched by the Rhiwbina Baptist Church as a coffee and bookshop for the residents of Rhiwbina. As well as this, it stocks CDs and cards and gifts.

Photo taken from The Olive Branch Rhiwbina on Facebook

Making the decision to close was undoubtedly hard for them. However, with the struggle of the pandemic as well as other financial issues, they were left with no choice. Social distancing was not possible, so to ensure the safety of their customers, came to the difficult decision that they could sadly not reopen.

The Olive Branch has long been at the heart of Rhiwbina, having so many people who enjoy visiting there. It is a huge part of the community. In a post on Facebook, they comment that they “want to thank our customers from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support over the years”. Welcoming staff, customers and volunteers, The Olive Branch café will be missed in the community.

Photo taken from The Olive Branch Rhiwbina on Facebook (2012)

Although it may be closing, they have said that they will be holding an event in the new year to celebrate it being open for 35 years. Keep an eye on their social medias to know when that will be!

Photo taken from Beulah Dress Agency Cardiff on Facebook

Another business in Rhiwbina that has had to close is the Beulah Dress Agency. This clothes shop, like The Olive Branch, has faced difficulties due to Covid-19 and lockdown. Similarly, to The Olive Branch, the shop could not attain to social distancing measures and the government’s safety restrictions for workers. For their safety and their customers safety, they have remained closed for the duration of lockdown and now sadly for good.

The Dress Agency has been open for 25 years, selling second-hand designer clothes, handbags, accessories and much more, as well as selling them at a much cheaper price than original. They also offered a commission basis, allowing customers to sell their own brand in the shop.

In a post on Facebook, the owner said, “Thank you all for your loyalty over the many years” and that she will miss her customers and interacting with them all.

Photo taken from Beulah Dress Agency Cardiff on Facebook (2019)

She has asked that anyone who has items in the shop that were intended for her to sell can get in touch with her via Facebook to retrieve their items as she is leaving her Facebook page open for awhile after shutting.

In such difficult and unpredictable times, it is so sad to see local and loved businesses closing.

Please check out our business listings and support local businesses if you can.

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