Tell us a bit about your shop or service:
We’re like a walk in wholefood pantry and kitchen. We have over 250 products in bulk that people can scoop themselves. Like nuts, grains, seeds, dried fruit, flour, beans, chocolate and some snacks. We also serve organic coffee, healthy smoothies, protein balls and raw cakes. We like to think of ourselves being for not only the health conscious but the environmentally conscious.
What’s in season or really popular right now with shoppers?
With the hot weather, smoothies are really popular. And the most popular pretty much all year around is the Plantation. Cacao and Peanut butter. Its healthy and tastes amazing.
… and what’s your favourite thing instore at the moment?
I’m a sucker for the natural dried pineapple. Chewy and tangy with no added nasties.
What’s do you reckon is best part of your job?
For me as the owner it’s seeing a vison created. But from a day to day point of view it’s the customers. They’re like minded people who have made a conscious decision to shop and eat this way. They’re genuinely interesting and I get to learn everyday about nutritional facts, recipes and fitness methods.
What are your interests in life? Any hobbies, interests or mad obsessions?
Not having any more children…! I’m from an Ironman triathlon background, so any endurance based activity appeals to me. At the moment its plenty of km’s on the bike.
So, do you think your shop or service helps make customers’ lives easier? If so, tell us how:
Definitely. People are more focused on the environment and their own health. We provide a zero waste shopping experience were people can bring their own containers, bags and jars and refill them with their pantry staples.
Do you have local customers you know by name, or like to have a chat with?
I’m more likely to be able to reel off what people were making with their ingredients, what time they got for the city to bay and their kids names…
What is the funniest experience you have had in store?
The most random thing that has happened is someone left one of their kids in a pram in the shop. The child was hidden from view behind the bulk bin rack in the middle. They realized when they got to the car that they’d left them there…
What do you think makes Brickworks Marketplace a great community and/or good place to shop?
It’s a regulars shopping destination. The same core group of people shop there daily or multiple times a week. You see the same faces and give them a wave when you see them.
Name two things you like most about working at the centre?
The staff that work within the centre are always friendly. You’re there everyday with them, so you get intertwined with their lives.