Independents for St George’s
Mon 1 February 2016, 12:21 pm
A boutique cafe is to open at St George’s shopping centre in Harrow.
Bru Coffee & Gelato has its origins in Leicester and is owned by Hamza Bodhaniya. The Harrow opening will be its first in London.
Bodhaniya said: “Having looked at Harrow as a town, and the St George’s shopping centre, we felt we could really offer a new dimension with our all-day and late night coffee and gelato concept.
“Our focus is community, bringing people together with local live music performances, spoken word poetry nights, knitting clubs, literary events and more and we felt that Harrow suits Bru perfectly.”
The cafe opening follows the launch of St Salon at the centre, owned by local businessman Ibrahim Kamal.
St Salon opened its first barber shop in Harrow in 2009. Kamal moved to the UK in 2003 having trained as a barber in Beirut, Lebanon, from a very young age.
He said: “When I was in Lebanon I was taught a lot of techniques of haircutting that I have not seen in the UK. In my shops I love to teach my team the techniques I learnt, so that all of my colleagues are able to provide the same high quality standard of hairdressing.”
Darren Harman, the centre manager at St George’s shopping centre, said he is keen to encourage more independent business into the area. “Harrow’s healthy mix of independent retailers alongside larger, high street brands is fantastic for the borough and the future economic development. The choice that Harrow currently offers to consumers is there for all to see and we are proud to say much of that is made up by independent retailers,” he added.
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