Rainbow Beach said goodbye to a couple of the town favourites last month when Jay and Leonie Kent moved to the Sunshine Coast.
Jay and Leonie came to town in 2012 and took over the shop now known as Jilartys, renaming it after their two dogs – Jill and Arty.
Well known and loved for their coffee and delectable food, Leonie’s love of art was evident throughout the cafe.
Leonie said: “We will miss the people and our apartment was one of the most beautiful places we had ever seen – we felt like we had won the jackpot when we found that place. You opened that door and you could just relax and unwind.”
She was the co-organiser of the 2019 and 2020 ArtyBall and supported artisans in the region by displaying their work at Jilarty.
Jay studied Chemistry at Washington State University and was a senior lecturer at Monash University prior to retiring.
They are now closer to family, with daughter Jessica and her family having moved to Little Mountain in January.