HERE is the first look inside a popular Gourock coffee shop as it prepares to re-open following a £100k makeover.

Owner Mariessa Devlin invited the Tele behind the scenes of One Cove Road and explained the inspiration behind the revamp and the decision to rename the business ahead of tomorrow's grand opening.

Mariessa, of Inverkip, says it was the perfect time to rebrand and put her stamp on the place - and revealed the expansion could bring more jobs to the area in the near future.

She said: "We bought One Cove Road three and a half years ago and at that point we took it over just as it was.

"We have taken our time to put our stamp and create our vision for the place.

"It will be called The Cove, which we think bring great energy to the place.

"We have thought about the customer experience and how we could create a better experience for them. We have a lot of regulars who love the place so I was very mindful in terms of the changes so we can continue to meet their needs."

Mariessa said that the new name and accompanying strapline 'More Than Just Coffee' represents the shop's new ethos.

She said: "Our location is absolutely crucial. The Cove means a small sheltered bay and for so many customers we provide a shelter from their lives.

"We have customers who come here every single day and a lot of that is to see the staff. For people who are on their own, we are like an extended family.

"So the vision with The Cove and the sheltered bay is that we bring that feeling inside."

As part of the refurbishment, the coffee shop has fresh new interior plus a new kitchen and some exciting new healthy and vegan menu options.

Mariessa added: "There's a few tweaks to the menu as we know there's a lot of health conscious people who are looking for superfoods.

"So we have exciting vegan options."

Mariessa said the new interior was inspired by a visit to America with her husband Bernie.

She said: "We had visited a place in Florida and we visited a restaurant called BRGR.

"We were very inspired by that visit and we have brought a lot of the touches they had here."

Currently there are 12 staff members but more staff are likely to be recruited in the near future with the business set to expand its opening hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from March.

Mariessa added: "We are licensed so it will be more like a wine bar in the evenings. Again, it's bringing something new."

The Cove is hosting a preview evening tonight for some of its regular customers before it re-opens to the general public tomorrow from 9am.