about Kind.

KIND is located within the heart of Morningside.

Morningside used to be an urban concrete jungle. It was primarily an industrial area, making it a very grey place to be. Literally. A place of concrete and iron and a place with little social connection or belonging. While Morningside has come a long way in the last few years, we would love to see it become even more green.

KIND is the newest neighbourhood venture which aims to make the neighbourhood a better place to live, work and socialise. KIND aims to do its bit to make sure that this growing community is a healthy one,

in every sense of the word. We want to see grey turn to green. We want to share healthy living practices, to plant and maintain more trees, to encourage new and established locals to be healthy, active, and connected.

While KIND has a number of owners, the majority of KIND is owned by the Crave Collective (KIND is Crave’s little sister). The Crave Collective exist to make Morningside a better place to live and part of that is to make the neighbourhood greener and healthier. KIND exists to move this forward. This social impact is the reason KIND exists.

Morningside used to be an urban concrete jungle. It was primarily an industrial area, making it a very grey place to be. Literally. A place of concrete and iron and a place with little social connection or belonging. While Morningside has come a long way in the last few years, we would love to see it become even more green.

KIND is the newest neighbourhood venture which aims to make the neighbourhood a better place to live, work and socialise. KIND aims to do its bit to make sure that this growing community is a healthy one, in every sense of the word. We want to see grey turn to green. We want to share healthy living practices, to plant and maintain more trees, to encourage new and established locals to be healthy, active, and connected.

While KIND has a number of owners, the majority of KIND is owned by the Crave Collective (KIND is Crave’s little sister). The Crave Collective exist to make Morningside a better place to live and part of that is to make the neighbourhood greener and healthier. KIND exists to move this forward. This social impact is the reason KIND exists.

Meet the team

Cathie Cottle

Cathie has always had a passion for teaching. She loves being able to really make a difference and influence others to grow and change. She’s also passionate about being kind to the earth and looking after our natural environment. This makes her a pretty ideal person for the manager of KIND.

When Cathie came to Morningside over a decade ago with her husband Nigel they both hoped to impact the neighbourhood for the better. Cathie did so as a primary school teacher, and Nigel, along with eight others, started the community-focused social enterprise Crave.

Cathie’s 22 years of primary school teaching came to a halt last year when she, backed by the Crave collective (which has known grown to be a team of eighteen), opened the next chapter of hood-bettering social enterprises, KIND cafe.

KIND leans more to the sustainable side of things. It’s been created to help inspire kindness to the earth, to ourselves, and to others. So it seems Cathie’s path of educating others for the better hasn’t changed much after all.

As the manager of KIND, Cathie’s excited to help others develop in a different context. The philosophy of being kind to yourself, to others, and to the environment has inspired every aspect of the KIND enterprise. Cathie has helped create a space that honours this – on visiting you’ll immediately get the vibe.
Overflowing with plants, KIND intentionally makes you feel as though you’re outside (outside is where the food is grown, after all). The menu has been crafted with a focus on sustainability, being 80% plant-based. The intention is to inspire others to eat real food, and to know where it’s come from.
After all the work put in to reaching this point, Cathie finally feels the KIND mission is on the way. She’s got big plans for workshops and incentives to inspire others to be kind, helping Morningside become more healthy, green, and sustainable. The journey has just begun.

Heather Buchanan

One of the first things you notice when you walk into KIND is the abundance of beautiful, thriving foliage. There’s over 100 plants inside the cafe, placed on tables, in pots on the ground, and hanging from the ceiling. And then there are all the plants outside. You may have caught yourself wondering whose job it is to water all this greenery, because damn are they doing a good job.

In all honesty, it’s no one’s ‘job’ to look after these plants. It’s Heather Buchanan’s absolute pleasure. Every day, Heather comes in an hour before opening to water and nurture each plant before she starts her work day as 2IC of KIND.

Heather is the first to admit that plants are the main love in her life (except for a few lucky humans) and she’s passionate about the earth and our environment. That’s what makes her a perfect fit for the cafe.

During opening hours you’ll see Heather behind the counter, making delicious coffees and keeping everything ticking along like clockwork. She’s worked for the collective for several years, beginning at Crave before carving her niche in KIND.

This year Heather has taken it upon herself to commit to a bit more. She’s not only taken on a managerial position at KIND (and a hundred odd plants to nurture) but also married her fiancé and joined the Crave Collective.

Heather believes KIND will bring positive change to the community by inspiring others to be kinder to themselves, to one another, and to the environment. Even if it’s a modest progression, Heather knows first-hand that once you’re on the kind-buzz, it’s hard to get off. In her words, “once you care, it’s hard to un-care”.

James — Head Chef

Raised on “meat and three veg”, an ex-army radio operator and devout fan of the LFC, James doesn’t fit the mould you’d expect of a plant-based aficionado. But James isn’t really a fit-the-mould type.

After six years in the army, James knew it was time for something new. He had a horror of being stuck behind a desk, so he decided to give chef training a go. And at chef school he discovered just how much he loves to cook.

James’ pre-KIND career saw him cater to the insatiable appetites of some of the biggest names – AB De Villiers, the All Blacks, St George Dragons, and Melbourne Storm.

He eventually found his way into the welcoming arms of Crave. But Head Chef of the busiest café in Morningside wasn’t quite enough. When asked to take on the new project of cooking for KIND, he snaffled the challenge right up.

James’ specialty is his ability to create high-quality, visually glorious, and utterly delicious meals at high speed. He credits this to his team, made up of the best cooks he’s met in his cheffing journey.

James is sure that the future of food is a sustainable one. He knows that means eating mostly plants. But, never one to turn down Gran’s roast chook, he’s also passionate about creating a menu that welcomes all palettes. And we’re pretty passionate about that, too.

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