The burst of bright colours and aroma of freshly ground coffee from Canvas Espresso grabs your attention as you travel along Lavarack Road in Nobby Beach. Owner and artist Stephanie Lawson has created a community art space and espresso bar wrapped up beautifully together. Every inch of wall is adorned with local arts and crafts, homewares, clothing and furniture, and the freshly roasted special blend from Uncle Joe’s roastery in Ashmore is served alongside flaky pastries, sweets, sandwiches and other treats. Gifts for others or maybe yourself are in abundance at Canvas Espresso with locally and globally sourced unique, ethically and environmentally responsible wares the focus. Brands such as Pony Rider, Naudic, Dreams in Colour, Stitch and Hide, Down to the Woods, and artwork by Stephanie Lawson are just a few of the gorgeous treasures on show. Order a brew, sit outside on the cushioned bench seating, or pull up a pew on the communal timber table inside and take five to watch the world go by.