Everybody wishes they’d receive a call announcing they are the winner of a trip away. But Michael, owner of family-run Cantinho’s, is the one who actually got it! Michael entered Beyond Merchant Capital’s recent competition to win a two-night stay at the beautiful Star Gold Coast, together with a two-week payment holiday. “It’s actually the first time I’ve ever won anything in my life, says Michael, adding, “I’m unbelievably appreciative!” Beyond Merchant Capital is thankful too: Of Michael’s business and trust in the fact that we could help him take his business further with a business loan.

Michael Hatzifotis from Cantinho Cafe on James St Brisbane

Michael Hatzifotis

While awarding Michael his 2-Day Getaway at The Star, we got to know him a little better:

Cantinho’s is the café to meet on James Street for good reason: This family-run café serves quality interpretations of classic dishes, with Mediterranean influences and a view to wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snacks, and pastries. The coffee is made with love and Fonzie Abbott locally roasted beans. Cantinho reflects the vibrancy of the surrounding area with delectable twists on Grecian classics, and freshly baked goods.

Getting to know the man behind the neighbourhood brand, it became clear that resiliency is a big theme for Michael. He’s been in business for a long time: A hardware store owner from the ripe old age of 24, he won awards served on boards and built an empire. Hardware then gave way to hard times when he was forced to close, on the back of the heavy floods that gravely affected so many Brisbane businesses. But that wasn’t going to stop someone like Michael. Fast-forward to today and he is a busy proprietor of a respected restaurant in upmarket James Street. A bustling establishment where he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and do what has to be done for his patrons, staff, and family. When times were tough for Michael, he admits he felt abandoned by the banks. And so, wise to their ways, he found Beyond Merchant Capital’s approach to merchant finance refreshing saying, “Beyond Merchant Capital feels genuine, fair and personal. I am not simply another transaction for them.”

Delicious coffee at Cantinho Coffee

Grab a delicious Fonzie Abbott coffee from Cantinho Cafe

Speed is another place where Cantinho and Beyond Merchant Capital meet. Efficiency is key to how Michael runs his operation. “We pride ourselves on putting delicious food and artisanal coffee into our customer’s hands, fast! Our well-coordinated team knows exactly what to do to make that happen.” So as a man who understands efficient service so well, he was only too happy to consider Beyond Merchant Capital as a lender. “Usually they say there is no such thing as easy money… but with Beyond Merchant Capital, it actually was!” says Michael, who was blown away by how quick and seamless the whole application process was – just 48 hours.

Michael is positive about the road ahead. He explains that their business model thrives during uncertain economic conditions. “When people fall on tough times, they always treat themselves to a great coffee and a wholesome sandwich.” It also doesn’t hurt that Michael is in-store every day talking to customers and staying in touch with what they need.

With his Merchant Cash Advance Michael was able to invest in some much-needed equipment to upgrade his store and was so pleased with the spike in business that followed. When asked if Michael would recommend Beyond Merchant Capital to a fellow retailer he beams, “I would and I have!” Michael is just the kind of entrepreneur that makes the Beyond Merchant Capital team get up in the morning. We wish him a wonderful holiday, flourishing sales and may this be the first of so many more wins.

Cantinho Cafe wins a weekend getaway at The Star from Beyond Merchant Capital

Behind the scenes of the upcoming Cantinho’s video shoot!

To get a warm hello and a hot cup of Fonzie Abbott Coffee, visit Cantinho’s on James St: Shop 7, 19 James Street, Fortitude Valley 4006. For more on how to win with your own merchant cash advance, speak to one of our Lending Specialists today.

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