A quirky cafe which supports local artists and crafters has opened in Kempston.
The Chiff Chaff Cafe, which is based in Bedford Road is the brainchild of Mahmoud Mehdizadeh, 52 and Beth Pestell, 23.
When the lease came up on the cafe which is in the same building as the Project 229 community centre both the potential business owners decided to bid.
But the pair realised that Mahmoud’s skills from running previous businesses, and Beth’s creativity would be a winning combination and Chiff Chaff Cafe was born.
Graduate Beth, who designed a unique bird-themed wallpaper which decorates part of the cafe, said: “We’ve opened up the bird boxes on our wall for local people to rent out.
“People can put the things they have made into the boxes and we will sell it for them.
“Hopefully it will get a lot of interest.”
She added: “We also want to do craft workshops and things for kids.
“We want to do lots of different things so that people can try new things that they haven’t tried before.”
The initiative has already proved popular with local crafty types, and products on display range from clocks made from leather-bound books, to unusual jewellery.