5 best coffee spots in Noosa only the locals go.

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Coffee Spots In Noosa only the locals go.

Coffee is everything right? We all know exactly where we will be heading for a coffee before we jump in the shower in the morning, but here is buddy’s tips to maybe break the norm and have a cuppa somewhere else this week!

5# Padre Coffee Noosa 

Padre Coffee has its very own distinctive taste, Padre is somewhat the new kids on the block having been around for only a year or so. But here at buddy we believe they deserve a spot in the top 5 as they are up there with making whatever you order with care, precision and with excellent taste.

4# Waterline Espresso 

Waterline Espresso is by far the best spot to go when wanting to walk the beautiful Noosa River. With Mike and Yvonne making sure they are up and about from 5am so the locals get there perfectly made Toby Estate coffee, they have created arguably the ‘locals favourite’ and a MUST DO when in Noosaville.

3# Hard Coffee

Hard Coffee which is located in the food court on Hastings Street is certainly up there with the locals, the coffee is that good they literally dedicate a phone line and a young ‘run around’ delivering perfectly made to order Campos Coffee to offices, resorts and shops!

I Personally Have been many times and has become a day to day catchup with nearly half of Noosa locals between 7am to 3pm, so if you are hung over from the night before or just cannot be arsed to see anyone make sure you go with the cap and sunnys!

2# Little Cove Coffee

Little Cove Coffee is a special little shop, with beans from all over the world to choose from you can never get bored of choice if you are the adventurous type. Also when it comes to knowing their customers take a bow, they look after their regulars that much almost every cyclist on the sunshine coast stops by everyday wearing the lycra with “Little Cove Coffee” Plastered all over them supporting what they love. Little Cove Coffee is packed everyday from open until close and is by far one of the best hangouts for everyone to enjoy.

1# Costa Noosa Espresso

  

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Costa Noosa has been named buddy’s No.1 as here at buddy we believe Costa Noosa Espresso has the complete package.

With such an amazing customer service, quality and effort this team puts into its work every single day, no wonder almost the entire coast makes an extra effort to drive and fight for a park to get that little cup of coffee to help kickstart the day.

With the Coffee Roaster machine right in the middle of the shop for all to see, operated by Gavin and Brett all day everyday is one of the key features why everybody has to go to Costa Noosa. When Gavin (the owner) is not roasting pulling out each bean at a time to make sure his roast is perfect, he is usually mingling with his customers and now friends, and from time to time Gavin is seen giving their kids a free ‘throw in the air’ but then having them following him demanding “again again’!

The Girls on the floor seem to be going 110k per hour but are always friendly enough to ask how you are or share a passing laugh.

Lets not even get started on all the home made gourmet cakes on offer!!!

If you have not been to any of these coffee spots we suggest giving them all a good go!

 

All Off these Coffee shops will be available to ‘follow’ on the soon to Launch Buddy App for Free Download on iOS & Android.

Pre – register on our home page to be kept updated on everything buddy!

 

 

A bit of Italy is coming to The Noosa Junction

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New Cosmopolitan Italian hits Noosa, Bombetta.

Just when we thought the Noosa junction was finished popping up new venues think again, Bombetta is coming.

A Noosa restaurateur ‘Paz’ who formally owned the popular Hastings Street bar & Restaurant Gaston has decided sitting round just isn’t for him, so why’ll the glasses are still drying from the closing down party, Paz was busy dreaming up his next big project.

Introducing you to the New Italian Bar, Bombetta.

Bombetta is currently being fitted out day and night, with the finest of materials to build a unique bar, well thought out personal booths and an awesome Drink & Food menu to match, its not going to take long for this new opening to become a local favourite right away!

After owning and operating such a success with Gaston, Paz is full of valuable experience in the industry and know what the Noosa locals want.

With Noosa becoming harder to find a drink after 9pm we are sure just like Gaston, Bombetta will keep the late night drinks going, also the casual vibe and excellent service which gave his last restaurant such success.

Sneak Peak of Bombetta….

To keep updated on everything Bombetta, Follow them on Facebook….

We are all excited to grab a stool at the Bar and go through the cocktail list one by one, Bring on Bombetta next Week!!!

 

https://www.facebook.com/bombettanoosa/

Beacons Helps the People Who Are Blind Explore Wellington, New Zealand

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Beacons Helps the People Who Are Blind

The desire to help the people who are partially-sighted was part of what the growth of beacon tech. Long before the commercial applications of beacons created the proximity industry, it was clear that the technology could be a tool for those who needed a little help navigating their way around public spaces.

Recently, Kontakt.io was on a team of partners who helped to implement a project backed by the Wellington City Council, New Zealand to install two hundred beacons in the central business district to assist the person who are blind or partially-sighted. The deployment was part of the Council’s Smart Capital strategy and has been praised by the City’s mayor as “a first for New Zealand and will build Wellington’s reputation as a smart and accessible destination” and “will welcome people with visual impairments to participate fully in the life of the city.”

Beacons detect, BlindSquare speaks

Some 200,000 New Zealanders have some form of visual impairment and the Wellington deployment was designed to make shopping, getting around and enjoying all that the area has to offer easier than ever.

Users can install a free application from BlindSquare in their iPhones and instantly take advantage of the navigation and information services available. After many successful deployments elsewhere around the world, this was the another use of BlindSquare’s navigational assistance capabilities in New Zealand.

The application uses text-to-speech to give users audible information about their environments and even the interior layout of buildings. It gives spoken contextual direction-specific information about the names of shops and what they offer, nearby public transport stops and even the names of streets they are walking along or crossing.

The idea was to build on the accessibility that beacons provided in retail, hotels and museums and take it to the next level by having everything interconnected with things like information about public transport. The project specifically set out to prove the value of a single beacon, in a single shop, illuminating the interior with information.

“We have seen excellent examples of how beacons can improve accessibility within places like retail, hotels and museums. Now it is about taking this a step further by having everything interconnected.” — Brent Albiston, Managing Director at Radiola Aerospace

Navigating inside and outside

The Wellington, BlindSquare Enabled Project was intended to offer rich information, inside and outside. In fact, a big part of the appeal for many in the partially sighted community was the ability to navigate indoors.

Travel for blind and partially sighted people becomes more difficult when they enter buildings. GPS signals are lost, no additional information is available, exploring new areas becomes harder and may even require sighted assistance. It is our goal to create environments that support independent travel, adventure, and the joys of choice, whether outdoors or indoors. We do this daily.” — Ilkka Pirttimaa, CEO at MIPsoft, creators of BlindSquare

Participation in the project was free for retailers and businesses were urged to take part. One beacon per location was installed for locations that joined with a couple of exceptions for buildings with multiple entrances. When anyone using the app passes by a beacon in one of the “BlindSquare-enabled” shops, services, offices or institutions, its name and a brief description can be heard along with information about the interior location of things like doors, stairs, and other features. This spoken information can be easily updated as needed.

New Zealand Blind Foundation CEO Sandra Budd says the beacon deployment in Wellington “will make businesses and their information more accessible and help people who are blind or have low vision to live a life without limits. Visitors will no longer encounter a void when they enter a business because there will now be information beyond the tip of the cane as they explore, enjoy their coffees, purchase their goods and visit with friends in the central city with new-found ease.”

The most important benefit of the beacon deployment in Wellington is enabling residents, visitors, and tourists who are visually impaired to explore, shop and enjoy their time in the Central Business District independently. Thomas Bryan of the Blind Foundation New Zealand sums it up nicely when he says “You don’t always want to be asking for help.”

“I strongly believe that Wellington City Council will inspire more local governments to implement beacon-based solutions for their societies. We couldn’t be more proud that we are a part of that story.” — Szymon Niemczura, CEO at Kontakt.io

Wellington, BlindSquare Enabled Project launch video:

What is Google Nearby? It May Not Be What You Think.

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Here’s what you need to know about the latest beacon use case.

Google Nearby notifications can send URLs to passers-by without the need for an app. Here’s what you need to know about the latest beacon use case.

Google Nearby has been growing in popularity in recent months. Ordinary businesses are learning about the opportunity to reach a new customer base and solution providers are seeing a brilliant opportunity to add value to their apps and platforms. However, with great popularity comes numerous questions. What is Google Nearby, how do Nearby notifications work, and how can you use it?

What is Google Nearby?
Google Nearby in Android allows users to discover nearby devices or contextual information without an app. There are three types of these interactions: nearby messages, communication, and notifications.

Messages supports small binary (unencrypted) payloads to be shared between Android and iOS devices.

Communications is about bringing nearby users together digitally. This could be for data transfers, multi-screen gaming, or other kinds of sharing.

Notifications send location-specific notifications to users, no app install required. These come in the form of secure URLs.

These Nearby Notifications are (now famously) linked to Bluetooth beacons. The good news is they’re easy to use and don’t require much in-depth knowledge. There are several reasons to use Google Nearby.

Google Nearby Notifications options

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How about a Google Nearby Example?

When Nearby first emerged, it was a big deal. Even now, it continues to make waves. Just recently, Google opened up their Connections API to developers. While it was previously only available to partners, now any and all happy Android developers can give it a go. Specifically, there are two key ways you can use Nearby.

  1. Advertise a URL. Want to direct passers-by to your website? To a related page with information about your products and further content? Nearby can make this easy by sending a URL to your visitors and those in the area. Plus, you can add a 40 character title. For example, “Want free coffee?” or “Learn more about amphibious puppies!”
  2. Trigger an app Intent. An Intent would be the description of an operation that is to be performed. For example, an action within an already installed app: open this option or file this data. When your user receives the app Intent via URL, the app will automatically run those parameters. If the app isn’t installed, it can direct users to the Play Store to download the app (or any other page). What better way to get people to notice your proximity-based app than a proximity-based notification?

How it works
Google Nearby is incredibly special because it is present on all modern Android devices. If you’re running any recent version of Android, you can see Nearby notifications. More importantly, your possible visitors or users can, too. This works through Google Play Services, which is a crucial (though often forgotten) beast that basically makes your phone work as expected. Locations APIs, Google Maps APIs, and several other things run through Google Play Services. It keeps your apps updated and, now, it’s letting Google support more possibilities on your phone.

A few frequently asked questions about Google Nearby with beacons:

  • Yes, it only works on Android
  • Yes, it does support iBeacon
  • Yes, it only sends URLs (HTTPS to be exact!)
  • No, links to play.google.com are not supported (use Intents instead)
  • No, it doesn’t support data tracking*

*While you may be able to see how many people access the link, you won’t be able to make any connection between the phone or user and a specific click.

How does Google Nearby scanning actually work?
The scanning process is actually very simple and very similar to work your phone does every day. Once the phone screen is on for a few seconds, Google Play Services will quickly scan for nearby material. This does mean that if the screen hasn’t been active for a while, it won’t discover beacons and content. This makes sense for users who are passing through. A user engaged on their phone is likely to also be engaged with or staying in a location for a period of time. A user who is not engaged with their phone at all is likely simply passing through the space and has little use for the proximity-based messages.

Why might notifications not be showing up? If you swipe away a notification, it will disappear for a longer and longer amount of time. For example, it may first just go away for a day, then a few days, and so on, as it clearly isn’t immediately useful to you. Okay, now for the big question…

How to use Google Nearby

Are you a business owner looking to buy a couple beacons? Or a solution provider looking to integrate Nearby into your app? There are two ways to use Nearby, and both of them are valuable in their own way.

First, you can simply use Google’s Dashboard. Once you set up your beacons, you can begin sending URLs to users, update and engage them. This option is great because it’s simple and you can do everything yourself—no need to pay for an app or provider. Plus, it’s also perfect for testing and playing around. Find the Dashboard over here and our complete instructions over here.
Second, you can use a specially made app. There are several of these floating around, and they offer a wide variety of capabilities. In general, they make the services available through Google Dashboard easier to maneuver. However, they can also combine the basic Nearby notifications with other tools—beacon push notifications, data analytics, sophisticated dashboards. This all depends on the solution provider, of course. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to integrate the Google Nearby API into an app or pair it with iBeacon and so on, you’ll have to be comfortable enough to design a complete app and/or platform.

Want to check the Nearby settings on your phone? What about enable Physical Web on Chrome? Check out our instructions here.

I’m a business owner, and I want to reach possible customers!
Awesome! In the past, you would’ve been limited to physical advertising like in-store signs or billboards. Now, you have far more options. Whether you’re a large retailer or a mom-and-pop shop, Nearby is easy to use, implement, and benefit from. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Most importantly, you’ll need to carefully consider your target audience. If you can send messages, so can a lot of people. This is why notifications that are not well received by users (for example, perceived as spammy and therefore perform poorly) may not be shown. If you want to generate value from a Nearby campaign, you must put the user first.

Even the Google Developers’ page included suggestions for maximum effectiveness, and they’re spot-on:

  • Point users to apps or websites that some users already visit in that location.
  • Be appealing to most users who will receive the notification.
  • Optimizing the beacon location may help target only interested users.
  • Have a direct call to action and avoid surprising the user.
  • Strive for messages that receive positive user engagement
  • How do you push user engagement in your messaging?
  • Be sure to give them content they want and will be happy to interact with. Are you solving a problem? Answering a question?
  • Be sure to know the value of your messages.

Nearby vs. Physical Web: aren’t they the same?

While Nearby Notifications are built into Google Play Services, and therefore your Android phones, Physical Web is not. It runs through specific apps like Chrome or the Physical Web app itself. As a result, that means while Nearby works only on Android (which uses Google Play), Physical Web can be run on any phone (Android or iOS) that installs the related app. Furthermore, Physical Web will only send notifications when the user enables scanning. Nearby, on the other hand, is designed to run and scan quietly in the background.

Tired of reading? This talk from Google I/O walks through the details and technicalities that may fill in the gaps. Or, again, find our complete instructions over here.

A little Mexican Paradise is now the talk of the town.

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Paradise Arcade

Noosa Junction is growing in choice when it comes to awesome little spots to try, with Little sister bringing the old vibe back and also East 32 making itself know, we can all say the town just gets more and more exciting, introducing the latest addition Paradise Arcade.

New to the Shire is Paradise Arcade, this burst of little mexico has had the town all excited, as the options of authentic Mexican food in Noosa are close to extinct, Paradise Arcade are front runners for sure when it comes a trendy casual hangout, with some taco’s and margaritas thrown in the mix!

With an abundance of choice on drinks and eats, Paradise Arcade will keep the locals interested and entertained 8 days a week, so get your taco loving ass’s down there and grab a stool at the bar! We know we will be!

Just one more thing, they do not take bookings so you need to get their pronto to grab a table with your friends or family! (try the home brew paradise palms 🙂 )

Address

8b/14 Arcadia Street
Noosa Heads, Queensland

Tel

(07) 5324 1395

Supernormal is Super-awesome.

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Supernormal | Flinders lane.

Supernormal has super powers, with its energizing vibe that makes you want to stay all night. Delicious modern Asian cuisine served in an exceptional manner, sensational cocktails by Theo and the team, it really is no surprise Supernormal has received ‘Influencer’ Status, by the new revolutionary restaurant app buddy.

 

 

Menu

The reason for the addictive Ambiance of Supernormal has to be due to the menu. Carefully crafted of deliciousness and designed to share, you can walk in with a group of four friends but find yourself sharing a table of ten, after being in Supernormal for only an hour.

Below is just a teaser of what to expect.

Snacks

  • KIMCHI, CABBAGE, DAIKON & TURNIP GREENS – 6
  • PICKLED VEGETABLES – 7
  • FRIED SPICED RICE CAKE & SESAME – 7
  • CAVIAR, CHIVES, DASHI CRACKER – 6

Raw bar

  • MOONLIGHT FLAT KISS OYSTER – 5
  • PACIFIC OYSTER – 4
  • SEA BREAM, WHITE SOY & PICKLED WAKAME – 17
  • COBIAL, PICKLED FENNEL, YUZU & CHILLI – 17
  • TUNA, PERILLA KIMCHI & KOMBU – 19
  • SMOKED BEEF, MUSTARD LEAF & CLAM MAYONNAISE – 17

 

Find out more at http://supernormal.net.au/menus

Supernormal will have their own profile on the buddy app for all to follow, to be kept updated on menu’s events, menu’s, specials and much more.

Make friends this weekend by heading into one of Melbourne’s best known, and now Influencer Restaurants, Supernormal.

Coming this Spring.

Comment below to be informed of buddy app launch!

www.buddy.world

 

A Local Icon Becomes Influencer for Noosa

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Cafe Le Monde.

Since ‘86 Cafe Le Monde has greeted early risers, fresh from their first morning surf, with famed coffees and delicious breakfast treats, and bid good night to many a late night reveller at the end of their live music gigs. For many many years Cafe Le Monde have been working around the clock seven days a week to serve tasty food at fair prices to locals and visitors alike, they’r proud of its history and honoured to be thought of as a Hastings Street icon, but now they have been recognised and awarded as an ‘Influencer’ by ‘Buddy’ and the Food industry as a huge supporter of local produce, business and community.

Their menu draws heavily on local produce and combines classics with more inventive dishes. Also supporting local businesses like Clandestino Roasters specialty coffee, Tanglewood Organic Sourdough Bakery, Noosa Cleanse cold pressed juice and Belmondos Organic Market, sourcing produce that is free range, grass fed and where possible certified organic. Its no surprise Cafe Le Monde has been and always will be one of the locals favourites for many more years to come.

Cafe Le Monde take their food, community and service seriously but not always the staff. The Staff of Cafe Le Monde  are always up for a good laugh and general good times, the Le Monde experience is very casual,very relaxed and fun. If you want to see this claim in all its glory, next time your in ask your waiter for a gig guide and join the crew for live music from Thursday to Sunday with local and interstate bands and DJ’s playing all kinds of magic.

With Cafe Le Monde being so awesome they have already joined the new revolutionary restaurant app called  buddy, when launched this Spring customers will be able to follow Cafe Le Monde to receive exclusive notifications of specials, live events, lunch and dinner deals, menu launches and much more, keeping you in their wonderful community exclusively in the know!

Launching Spring.

 

Noosa’s Supporter of Local Produce, Business and Community.

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Padstows Noosa has to be one of the front runners of ‘how’ a local restaurant should operate, everything they do has a touch of class about it.

When Padstows burst onto the Noosa scene a few years ago, they put a huge stamp on what the Noosa junction should become, and they have done just that.

Taking up nearly the entire corner of the Junction, with a huge bar clear to see for all, great furniture, decor, food, cocktails, ambiance and service, the Padstow crew really made a noise showing the rest of the the town how it should be done.

The restaurant is completely well thought out as they have provided wheelchair access, free wifi and even USB ports so you can charge your devices if you decide to hang out at padstows with your laptop catching up on some emails.

 

 

Local Produce

Padstows only uses the freshest produce the Sunshine Coast has to offer, with nothing spanning further that 20k from paddock to plate, the crew really have taken care in supporting local farmers, business and customers in making sure everything they provide is at the upmost best they can possibly offer.

They also can boast that their wine selection is to die for, selection of craft beers is enough to make you want to try them all and to top it all off they even have happy hours, lunch specials, live music and Sunday sessions!

 

 

Noosa has plenty of fantastic restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops but Padstows has Won the ‘Influencer’ status and will be given its very own business profile on our Restaurant app when launched. Also their very own Portfolio showcasing everything they do in our archives and our Blog.

Congratulations Padstows Noosa, Sunshine Coast.

 

App coming this Spring.

 

Struggle with getting Hangry? Not for much longer.

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Its coming for food.

We all have those moments where you are that focused on getting your hands on food, you will stop at nothing to get there even if it means a roundhouse kick to the boyfriends head to get that sandwich!

Well, the answer to that problem is due to launch this Spring, ‘buddy’ is bringing out your very own personal ‘AI’ software to assist you with your eating rituals ands social nights out!

Imagine having someone/something making sure you are always well watered and fed?

Imagine walking down the road at 12.15pm when your tummy is ready to devour a goat, and buddy notifies you of a fried chicken shop round the corner offering 15 wings for $10 at that perfect time and moment. What about entering a town you are not familiar with, but buddy knows you like Mexican food so buddy scopes the town for you and advises you which one will suit you, and books you a table just like that.

Buddy will be your no.1 go to tool for anything food, social gatherings and events.

We can announce your very own pocket buddy will be launching this spring to an app store near you! Absolutely free.

Why Advertising In Magazines & Newspapers is like p***ing in the wind.

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Why.

Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Kindle and Apple have all helped over the last decade to make sure over 92% of the world do almost everything on a smart device, so why the hell are small business owners throwing money down the pan to newspapers & magazines.

These methods, which now belong in the museum next to morse code and the telegram, are still being used by over 75% of small business owners across the country.  With no way of measurement, result, control or knowing if anybody has even seen it at all, why are they still being used?

Simple, there are no other proven methods other than Facebook & Instagram, but even then people go on social media to be either nosey or social… not to order a chicken curry or a pizza right?

 

Introducing you to buddy.

At buddy, we’re partnering with thousands of businesses to focus on mobile marketing, automation and chatbot/AI programs. In each instance, we are here as a partner who can assess businesses’ needs and provide reliable, cost-effective solutions.

Due to the world operating almost everything on a mobile device, very few percentage of small business owners have actually taken advantage of this.

But despite mobile’s growth as a customer engagement tool, just six percent of Australia said that mobile is their primary marketing channel in terms of dollars spent.

Overall, these trends indicate that there is a tremendous opportunity for local businesses to engage their customers via mobile.

Our only existence is to make that engagement between business owners and customers seamless.

We’re making the playing field even by providing enterprise-grade tools to the hospitality industry.

With that in mind, we’ve created buddy, a personal pocket tool for everything you need when heading out with family and friends.

Coming to the app stores this Spring.