Downtown Business Features
Feature Friday! :
@ 7 King St W, Entrance on Market St. W
Jennifer Mills and Shawn Mills are the owners and operators of The Sweet Life Cafe in Brockville and they are both in normally 6 days a week.
Jennifer grew up in Brockville and attended BCI. After high school, she went to Kemptville College to get her diploma in Food and Nutrition Management. With that, Jennifer worked in long-term care for 17 years in Prescott and Smiths Falls. Jennifer always wanted to open a cafe. She says it has proven to be a lot more work than anticipated, but it doesn't feel like work when you love what you do!
Shawn was born in Pembroke. His father was in the military and he moved to Brockville in 1983 and has been around ever since. He attended grade 9 & 10 at TISS and grade 11-13 at BCI. He was a truck driver for 17 years and has worked a variety of different jobs since he moved to the Brockville area.
Jennifer and Shawn are always running charities and fundraisers through the café. They have a "Pay it Forward" board for customers to have the option of purchasing an additional food or drink item and pinning it up on the board, allowing other customers to eat or drink for free. Last month was "Cookies for Hope" where they sold over 3,000 cookies, this month is "Cupcakes for Cancer". All the money raised goes to Breast Cancer Action Kingston and Mélanie's Way. Their upcoming fundraisers include donations to MS Charities, Charities for Kenyan Kids and often fundraisers for the food bank in Brockville. In 2021 they will be running a charity every other month from January-December!
Tomorrow (Oct 3rd) is Jennifer and Shawn's 2 year anniversary of being open! We thank you for being such an amazing addition to the downtown and for taking the extra time to run these amazing and selfless fundraisers! You two are awesome!