By The River Cafe


Gladstone’s Old Lodge Gallery Emporium and By the River Café has been part of the creative fabric of the town for 32 years – a fact that is not lost on owner Jo Benson and her partner, David. Since taking over the business in 2011, the couple have preserved the aspects of the café that were loved by long-time customers.

With a resume that includes teaching and customer service, Jo is passionate about nurturing connections between people – a value she believes is sadly lacking in modern society. For Jo, the Old Lodge is a place where people can put down their phones, have real conversations and soak up the healing beauty of the river.

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