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White Rock eatery to cater to health-conscious customers

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By April M. Brown

The Rosebud Café is set to open in White Rock sometime in mid-February. Owner Lana Crochet has been renovating the 2000 sq. ft. space next to Del Norte Credit Union for several months now, with the hopes of opening her doors by Valentine’s Day. As soon as all of the county inspections are completed, she is poised to begin the final equipment installations and put the finishing touches on the interior.
Crochet has lived in various places, including Germany and Canada, with her scientist husband. She says she gained inspiration for her café from some of her favorite haunts in Montreal. There were several little cafés around her neighborhood that offered healthy foods and encouraged children. As a young mother, she enjoyed spending time with adults, while her child happily took advantage of the play area.
She and her family have lived in Los Alamos for 3.5 years. Now a busy mother of 4, she recognized a need for something similar in White Rock. Crochet admits to being ambitious, but she also felt that the Rosebud Café would provide a balance for her and many other parents in the community.
Her goal is to create a parent-friendly environment, where parents can take a brief respite from the bustle of their day. There will be a separate play area for tiny visitors, along with couches, tables and chairs in the dining area. She says she wanted to create a comfortable and inviting café atmosphere.
Crochet has a real passion for eating healthy food and feeding wholesome foods to her children. She hopes to translate this passion into the menu she offers at the café.
The menu will include quiches, muffins, waffles, salads and more; with a focus on organic, whole grain and gluten-free foods. There will, of course, be several kid-friendly options. They will also offer organic espresso drinks, real fruit smoothies, homemade almond milk and herbal teas. Everything will be prepared fresh daily.
Aside from a café and kid-space, she will also offer a variety of additional services.
The space adjacent to the dining area will become a formal tea room, which can be reserved for special occasions. She plans to offer formal tea services for young and old, served complete in formal china with the encouragement of formal tea attire. Tea rooms provide a great alternative for birthday parties, bridal showers and any other special occasion; and are a popular trend in many cities.
Professional massages will be offered by appointment in the back corner space, which will have its own dedicated changing area and restroom.
She will offer a small selection of baby products for sale; and, after hours, Crochet will be offering yoga and Zumba instruction in the converted dining space.
The Rosebud Café will be located at 35 Rover Blvd, Ste. G.
To follow the progress of the opening or to find out more, be sure to like them on Facebook (facebook.com/TheRosebudCafe), or call them at 603-7912. Hours will be 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 7 a.m. – noon on Saturday; and closed on Sunday.