Boneyard Espresso

Boneyard Espresso

Boneyard Espresso is the quirky looking space on the corner of Anzac Ave and Suttons St, opposite Mon Komo. I’ve visited a few times for coffee (it’s great) and also on a Saturday night when they’ve hosted markets- quirky, alternative and fun, preloved clothing, arts and craft and live bands, when they have another I highly recommend you go when they’re on again. 

When I met with Ruby the first thing I said was something like “I’ve just realised that your Dad has the space next door! That’s so cool!”  Her face changed a little and she said something along the lines of  “Oh, if you want to meet with him, he’s not here but I can organise a time for you?”

I thought it was a bit odd, I wasn’t there for records, I was there for coffee and to talk about amazing donuts and markets, all the good things about Boneyard Espresso and what she has planned for the future.

 Anyway, we got to chatting, slowly at first about the important “facty” type things. She explained  that while “Boneyard Collective” is the name for the whole corner space, Boneyard Espresso and Boneyard Records and Relics are two very seperate businesses. Ruby owns and runs the coffee side of things, and her Dad (Leigh) runs the record side.

Occasionally they team up to throw an event, and they obviously compliment each other very well, but when it comes down to it they’re completely seperate. It’s something people regularly get confused about, understandably, so I’m glad she cleared it up. 

Something you can’t mistake is that Ruby is tall, blonde, has a gorgeous smile and she’s young, 23. 

She’s also smart as a whip, got a heck of a lot of moxie and is an extremely successful competent woman. Not just for 23…for any age, actually let me rephrase all of that, Ruby is an extremely successful and competent person. 

The change of demeanour when I mentioned her Dad starts niggling at my curiosity…then she told me that quite often she sets up an interview and they just want to talk about her father and his records, because she’s more prompt to reply and easier to contact, they organise it through her. 

It starts to make sense. 

On my way to meet her, I was already thinking about how many female owned businesses we have on the Peninsula. Every person I’ve met with so far has been a woman, you know how you just have those random thoughts that pop in your head? It didn’t really go any further, just a  “huh interesting, I love that!” moment.

But until meeting Ruby I hadn’t considered the obstacles that can come with that sometimes. 

The customers who pop next door to congratulate her Dad on his great coffee business. 

The (very rare) cranky customers who pop next door to complain to the “man who owns the place”.

The difficulties filling out forms with suppliers, them ringing to check if she’s actually the one who is financially responsible for the account. 

The regular who told her he would “Ask your Dad if I could run the place when you leave”. Which is soon by the way, Ruby’s heading off to Melbourne for a while, though as a responsible business owner, she’s employed a manager to run the place while she’s gone and booked six months worth of fights back already. 

All those assumptions and comments have got to sting a little and if you're a woman in business yourself, I’m sure you can relate- at least to some extent. We all come across it, although I’m seeing it fade slowly I think that has more to do with my ageing, than anything else. 

But I definitely know the feeling of not being taken seriously, or not given the credit deserved for no other reason than being a young female. It’s especially demoralising when you’ve put so much thought and effort into every little thing about your business. 

Everything Ruby has sourced for the fit out is being loved again, the timber from an old demolished Queenslander that has been transformed into cabinets and benches.

The cute and quirky finds from Op shops, the cane retail shelf, bar stools and table everything. She tells me the only new things are the coffee machine and the neon sign. The sign she intentionally had made to simply say “espresso” so it could live out a full life anywhere it might venture, not just at Boneyard.  

Sustainability is so important to her, I think she mentioned three times how she feels such great responsibility for the waste that’s created and it pops to the front of her mind when she looks at the beach. She knows how lucky we are to live so close, and that we have to take care of the environment. She told me how disappointed she was when they had to get larger bins, a good sign it was getting busier, but managing the rubbish was becoming difficult, so she upped the anti.

She has invested in their own Boneyard Espresso Keep Cups, with a free coffee on purchase and $1 off for anyone using any keep cup.

She encourages customers to give alternative milks a try and she can rattle off what percentages of alt milks are sold, what percentage use a keep cup like it’s nothing. 

 She sources local where she can

- Australian award winning organic dairy producers, Baranbah Organics just down the highway in Ipswich for milk. 

- Doughluxe Doughnuts a Brissy company gathering a cult following for their amazing small batch, hand crafted delights, with a rotation of flavours including Blueberry Cheesecake, Crème Brûlée and the vegan Mandarin Glaze you can understand why they’re popular any why she chose them!  

- The cabinet baked goods are from Gold Coast Cookies and the pastries are SolBreads 

-She’s even created her own Boneyard blend of beans, roasted in partnership with Crema Garage.


Boneyard is full of passion and creativity, a perfect curation of purposeful products (try saying that three times fast!) so next time you’re in take the time to congratulate Ruby on what she has created. Or maybe you could even pop next door and congratulate Leigh, for being lucky enough to  have such an awesome daughter? 


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