Living Grace Café: Immigration at Work
When Miranda Mak moved to Canada she wanted to upgrade her education before starting her business so she went back to school and studied Canadian Business Law and taxation. These courses along with her Certified Accountant background, prepared her for opening her business. After studying the market and using the knowledge she gained in her studies, Miranda opened a cyber café. Miranda carefully researched various locations around Charlottetown before choosing to open her business close to the university in the Sherwood area.
After four months of renovating the “Old Bus Depot”, the Living Grace Café opened in October 2014. Miranda recognized the need to create a café that would appeal to both Sherwood resident and nearby students so during her first year she opened for breakfast and expanded her menu to serve breakfast all day. Breakfast turned out to be her customers’ favourite order. The relaxed nature of her cafe helps her patrons feel at home. The clients have been very positive and supportive of her and her business.
Running a business on her own has been challenging but Miranda credits the good team of six employees that she has working with her for her café’s success. When her daughter comes home from University every summer she helps out by working in the café.
Since moving to PEI Miranda has been made to feel welcome. She loves the peaceful nature on PEI. Miranda is enjoying the life she has made with the help of her customers and employees.