Author: Ellie Richards-Johnson

The Plant Academy’s Future…

It’s definitely important in life to look back on the good and the bad, but equally important to live in the present and not the past. With this in mind, I’m focusing on The Plant Academy in the now. I’m making plans for this month on what we can do and trying to figure out what I want The Plant Academy to be in the long run…

Goodbye for now, but not forever…

I’ve been putting off writing this post. I put so much of myself in to The Plant Academy, and meeting all of you, all of my lovely and supportive customers, has been the absolute highlight of everything I’ve achieved this year with The Plant Academy. You all deserve a proper explanation of what is happening over the next couple of weeks, even if it hurts me and scares me to tell you all. I respect each of you more than to just keep all this to myself. Saturday April 21st 2018 will be our final day trading in Southport Indoor Market. Our lease is up and we have made the difficult decision not to renew. I guess you want to know what does this mean for the future of The Plant Academy and why we are leaving? The Plant Academy is leaving Southport Indoor Market, but this doesn’t mean we are saying goodbye. We always knew that Southport Market was not our forever home and after our first 6 months was done, we spent a …

From The Cafe: Ultimate Green Smoothie

Want to know how to make our epic green smoothie? It’s simpler than you might think… I like to use orange juice and baobab in this because the greens and spirulina in this smoothie are high in iron, but it’s difficult for the body to absorb plant based sources of iron unless you consume it with vitamin C rich foods. Orange juice and baobab are great for that but also taste super yummy. Ingredients (serves 1) 1/2 cup of your favourite plant milk (This is so yummy with cashew milk) 1/2 cup good quality orange juice, or 1 large orange juiced. 1/2 banana 1/2 apple 1 small handful kale 1 small handful spinach 1 heaped tsp spirulina 1 heaped tsp baobab Wizz it all up in a high powered blender for 1 min, pour in to your favourite cup, and enjoy! What do you like to put in your green smoothies? Let me know… Ellie

Liverpool’s Top 5 Vegan Eats

We’re only a stone throw away from Liverpool, and in fact, Andy and I actually like just outside Liverpool and drive to Southport to get to The Plant Academy each morning. As cafe owners, we love eating out and supporting other independent businesses. So here is our Top 5 Vegan Eats in Liverpool. 1. Ital Fresh Ital fresh aren’t actually a cafe or restaurant, but a pop and street food stall. Currently, they’re doing a pop up every Monday night in Liverpool city centre at Maguire’s. They do Carribean street food and I always try my best to make it to their pop ups because their food is beyond amazing and it’s all 100% vegan. Make sure to try the Wings n Tings. It’ll change your life. The chocolate plantains, too. Basically you can’t go wrong, their food is outstanding! You can find out about their next pop up on their facebook page. 2. Mowgli Street Food Mowgli’s are an Indian street food restaurant. They’re always busy because everyone know’s that this place is special. …

Lessons In Business No.1: What it’s like to open your own vegan cafe

Welcome to a new series of articles called Lessons In Business. I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to create a website with a way of sharing more of ‘me’.

One of the biggest thing’s I’ve noticed as a young business women is that to be seen as just another human is, by some, considered a weakness. To show vulnerabilities is to be the opposite of a strong business women. We are thought to be strong when we portray the masculine. We work our butts off to show we can be just like any man, and on occasion, require the presence of a man to be taken seriously at all.

However, I am a strong business women. But I have vulnerabilities, insecurities and imperfections. I work hard, I break, I put the pieces back together, and I become stronger.

This series on Lessons in Business is about the things I’ve learnt in the 11 months since opening. I’ve much yet to learn, but I wish I had read something written by someone who told the truth. Not just another corporate article, but a real human, a real women, sharing her insight in to owning a vegan business in a small town.
This series on Lessons in Business is about the things I’ve learnt in the 11 months since opening. I’ve much yet to learn, but I wish I had read something written by someone who told the truth. Not just another corporate article, but a real human, a real women, sharing her insight in to owning a vegan business in a small town.

In this lesson, I want to talk about the process I went on towards opening my vegan cafe. In the year preceding April 2017 when we opened, I quit my PhD after only one year as I couldn’t handle the stress (oh, if only I knew…).