People of Glee: Lauren Henry

People of Glee

The only thing we love more than coffee, is people.

But combine the two, and you've got a full blown romance on your hands. It’s the kind of relationship that has just the right amount of crazy. Whilst others may call it codependent and slightly dysfunctional, we know better. Coffee and people is the stuff of dreams. This kind of love makes 'The Notebook' look like a second-rate Steve Martin comedy (I'm obviously not referring to Father of the Bride. That film is a classic).

In light of this beautiful bond we share on a daily basis, we thought it would be cool to get to know our Glee people a little more. From avid coffee drinkers, to baristas, to cafe owners to home-brewing coffee enthusiasts; The one thing we all have in common is that we love good coffee.

So we should all be friends, right?

If you're a bird, I'm a bird. And if you're getting an extra shot, then you better believe that I am getting an extra shot too.

On that note, we introduce "People of Glee".

Meet Lauren

Lauren is the mastermind behind the homewares and coffee shop; Common Circus. Located on the lake at Belmont, New South Wales, this general lifestyle store boasts amazing Australian labels such as Blacklist, Ahoy Trader & Pony Rider. After moving from Sydney to Newcastle two and a half years ago, Lauren opened Common Circus and alongside her team of cheeky baristas, has fast become the specialty coffee hub of Lake Macquarie. 

You can follow Lauren on Instagram here.


Who is Lauren? 
Up until about 3 weeks ago I was Lauren Risti but I got married so now I am Lauren Henry! I would say I am pretty easy going but I am passionate and I love what I do. I constantly crave change and I am a lot shyer than you think.

If you had to choose only one album to listen to for the rest of time, what would it be?

Cold Fact, Rodriguez

What's one song that you are ashamed to admit that you love?

I don’t know that I am ashamed… but ‘Yeah’ by Usher.

I'm coming to your hometown, where do we go for coffee?

I haven’t been to my home town in a long time and as far as the last time I was there, I wouldn’t drink coffee anywhere sadly. However I spent the last 11 years (before moving to Newcastle) in Cronulla, Sydney and I would definitely head to "Harry and Mario's" (aka HAM).

What tv show are you binge watching at the moment?

Grace and Frankie.

If you could give your 20 year old self some advice, what would it be?

Trust your instincts and don’t sweat the small stuff. Dream and dream BIG. Don’t let ‘older’ people tell you it’s not possible… or to downsize your dreams.

What’s the hardest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Not many people know, but I haven’t spoken to my father in over 10 years because he is an alcoholic. I like to keep my ‘home’ life pretty quiet but in recent years I’ve learned we all have to talk more about mental illness and addiction as it’s so common and very hidden. The hardest thing that has happened to me is seeing my dad and other family members suffer from addiction and trying to find a balance in my life of how much I can give, to help, and how much I need to protect myself. I battle with this daily, like so many others.

What’s the best part of your day?

Honestly… bed. I love to sleep! Ha! However the best part of most of my days is loving what I do for a living and calling it a ‘job’. I feel very lucky to be happy everyday and I never take it for granted.

What does your ideal Saturday look like?

I have worked majority of Saturdays for the last 2 years. So I am used to it! However I actually really enjoy it. We get pretty busy on a Saturday morning and I enjoy the pace and a good banter with customers. Everyone is a little more relaxed and moves a little slower… making for good conversation. So I would say working in the morning and then enjoying a lazy arvo at the beach. Then maybe some Yahtzee on the back deck with my husband over wine and cheese and a yummy home cooked dinner.

What's your next adventure?
Married life! Ha! No big plans just yet, however a lot of big dreams! A second Common Circus is a massive dream. However currently we are working on the launch of our new website and online store, which has just happened! (and maybe one day kids! – however this would be more scary than a second business!).