PHOTO: “It’s been so much more rewarding than we could have ever imagined.”

More than 15 years ago, when Julie Sullivan and Bryan McNeil’s children were smaller, he had the seed of an idea.

The couple could sell coffee and cake out of the lounge room window in Brunswick, Melbourne, capitalising on the swarming location of their home and her penchant for baking.

At the time, the council rejected the idea, and, as Sullivan reflects some 15 years on, “Bryan’s dream”, then, “was nothing but a dream”.