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The red ‘K6’ (kiosk number six) phone box were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, an English architect known for his work on Liverpool Cathedral, Waterloo Bridge and Battersea Power Station, to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George in 1935. The boxes were installed across Britain but as many now carry mobile phones, most K6 kiosks are now unused.

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Two businessmen, Eddie Ottewell and Steve Beeken, approached BT and proposed the idea of developing unused telephone boxes into retail units starting in their home city of Brighton. The first two self-contained food and beverage kiosks were launched by the Red Kiosk Company on New Road, near Pavilion Gardens in Brighton in June 2014. 10% from every Kiosk Box purchase will go to a local charity in each city to help homeless people get back on their feet.

The writer saw a sign directing people to Jake’s Coffee Box in Eden Place off Colmore Row, Birmingham’s first Red Kiosk and walked past, returning a few hours later to hear more about this astonishing venture.

Jake-Hollier box2Jake Hollier opens the kiosk and serves excellent coffee and a range of other drinks and snacks from 7am-4pm on weekdays and mornings are his busiest time.

His customers include businessmen, students and tourists.

He will be well-placed to benefit from the forthcoming annual Christmas German Market in the city centre and plans to set up a gazebo when the w cold weather sets in.

Jake’s Coffee Box is highly recommended by Earthlings in Birmingham, which ‘showcases’ fantastic places to hang out where students can enjoy discounts with its discount card, saving money, whilst having a great time in Birmingham.

We hope that his dream of expansion in the Jewellery Quarter, where he lives, will be realised one day.

Who will rent the other three boxes?

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Next: Enhancing Colmore Row- 2: the Java Lounge.