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Stranger #8 - Lorraine, Café Owner | by It's life Jim....
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Stranger #8 - Lorraine, Café Owner

Meet Lorraine, the owner/proprietor of the nicest coffee shop in Henley on Thames. (The café is "Hot Gossip" situated on Friday Street.)


What makes it so nice?.... mainly the friendly welcome you get there. Lorraine & the two young girls serving there seemed to chat amiably to everyone who came in. It is also the only café around that is dog friendly - I had been out taking the dog for a walk & fancied a sit down in the warmth. Lorraine and the girls pampered my dog Shana who shamelessly looked mournful until she was fed dog biscuits from the special doggie treat tin.


Lorraine has owned the café for 3 years. She gave up a career as a graphic designer to set up the café. No regrets from such a big career change. These days she still does portraiture sketching for fun & relaxation.


This picture is #8 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at

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Taken on November 8, 2010