Coffee, with a side of community concern

Spot some uncommon décor on the Bengaluru café, Cuppa, as empty tables flip show areas for artists and designers

One of the various life classes the lockdown taught us isn’t take the straightforward issues of life with no consideration. Like a stroll within the park. Or the enjoyment of sitting in a café.

Mulling over this in the course of the preliminary phases of the lockdown, the administrators of Cuppa, Visakh Vishwambharan and Vijay Sreedhar, determined to take a proactive stance every time they had been capable of open up for enterprise once more.

“We knew we would have to ensure some manner of social distancing was followed in our cafes and had decided to leave alternate tables vacant even before it became mandatory,” says Vijay Sreedhar, including, “Since many artists, craftsmen and startups were going through a rough patch because of the lockdown, we decided to make use of the space in a manner that would benefit them.”

Cuppa reached out to folks of their space — the empty tables might be utilized by anybody to show their wares, free of price. Customers can view the merchandise and get in contact with the designer immediately in the event that they want to buy a product.

“We started at our HSR outlet as it is near the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). We wanted to give the upcoming artists from NIFT a platform to showcase their designs, knowing full well they would not be able to afford a display space on their own. This practice is now being followed at our other locations.”

Initially, the crew at Cuppa reached out to artists within the space. Soon sufficient, by phrase of mouth, all of the tables at Cuppa had been crammed. Needless to say, nobody turned down their supply.

“We allocate tables on the basis of availability. This post-pandemic scenario could become the norm and we are ready to keep this initiative running for as long as the situation persists to help the community,” says Vijay.

According to Vijay, the décor structure is a three way partnership. “The artist has the freedom to set up their products based on their aesthetic sensibilities. It is up to us at Cuppa to ensure distancing norms are followed. The lovely articles on display have lent a vibrant air to our sites.”

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