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No business like coffee business; MUSICAL STARS TAKE THEIR NEW SHOW ON THE ROAD.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO Reporter lorna_hughes @

TWO Merseyside stars of West End musical Wicked are bewitching a whole new audience as travelling baristas.

Chloe Taylor, from Formby and Nichola Jones from Maghull - known as Nikki-Davis Jones on stage - brought their new business, Wheely Good Coffee Co, home to Sefton Park's Artisans in the Palm event at the weekend.

The best friends launched their new enterprise three months ago and turned Nikki's camper van Dickie - named in honour of her grandfather - into a mobile coffee shop.

Mobile Download our FREE new app They have since taken their coffee to artisan markets and food events, and hope to attend festivals next summer.

Wallasey-born Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood was among those to sample their coffee at the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show earlier this month.

Chloe, 34, said: "We had the idea to take control of our lives and start a business while travelling in South East Asia last year.

"Finding a fulfilling job to do between acting jobs is hard. We'll do anything that pays the bills and we've done every job under the sun but Wheely Good Coffee Co is the kind of business we can fit around our acting.

"We meet lots of new people and we're really enjoying it."

Chloe and Nikki, who are both based in south east London, have starred in West End shows including Blood Brothers, Fame, Mamma Mia and the Sound of Music. They met while playing the lead roles of witches Elphaba and Glinda and hit it off instantly.

Although they initially considered buying a coffee shop before deciding to take Dickie on the road, they believe acting and camper van coffee is the perfect blend.

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Chloe said: "We are both still acting as well. Nikki's just done a workshop for the National Theatre and I'm filming ITV's live Sound of Music on December 20.

"When we take our coffee to different events, we say it's like opening night!

It's the same buzz, which I think is what you crave as an actor.

"When someone says they've enjoyed our coffee it makes your day. When people say it's absolutely delicious, you feel really good about it.

"When that happens, it's like getting a good review!" | Find out more about Chloe and Nikki |on Twitter at @wheelygdcoffee or Wheely Good Coffee Co. on Facebook.


The Wheely Good Coffee Co. camper van

West End actresses Chloe Taylor and Nikki Davis-Jones, who have started a mobile coffee business

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2015
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