Emily Birnie, previously a long-haul Qantas flight attendant, has brought new life to Marburg streets with her, recently opened coffee spot, the Special Branch Collective.

Botanically-themed, the store sells nursery planets, garden ornaments and instruments, and espresso coffee. Birnie has made sure to keep most of her goods local.

She sources her coffee beans from Ipswich’s Dancing Bean and plants from sister Lucy’s nursery, The Green Cloud.

Situated next to the Special Branch Collective is Emily’s father’s store, popular day-trip destination Scotland Yard Antiques. A known feature of Marburg, Les Birnie’s business has been owned and operated for more than 25 years. 

The large, eye-catching Special Branch Collective sign behind the counter seems to say it all – a wreath of green garden hose and gum nuts that gives customers the feeling of a classic Aussie country welcome. The space is beautifully decorated and soothing for the weary traveller or local.

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