We love the idea of supporting local business here at The Carousel so we are throwing our weight behind the Shop Small initiative by American Express, now in its fifth year.
The new campaign was launched this week at the Fourth Village in Sydney’s Dank Street in Waterloo.
So how are we going to support local businesses? Well, let’s start by featuring them below.
Fourth Village Providore & Mezzanino
Inspired by the traditional local markets in Europe, Quattroville brothers Sal, John, and Dominic wanted to create a space that was more personal and even a bit old-fashioned. With Mezzanino, their market-to-table restaurant which creates its meals from the market that sits just downstairs, their aim is to create a wholistic experience for their customers.
“We wanted to upgrade the retail market experience with a place where people can know exactly where their products and produce are coming from. All of our vendors are equally like-minded and favour quality over quantity,” said Sal.
Whole Beast Butchery
Butcher Marcus Papadopaulo’s passion for food and desire to pursue a unique trade led him to open his own business at Danks Street Produce Merchants. With a respect for tradition and a focus on high-quality, handcrafted products, Marcus sells fresh meat from the whole animal, using traditional dry ageing and curing techniques without the use of electric tools or machinery.
Marcus said: “I wanted to bring innovation to a typically non-innovative trade and bring quality back into the market, even it means using methods that take more time and space.”
Numero Uno Artisan Coffee Roasters
Owner and roaster Gina Di Brita started her coffee business in 2003 using a Surry Hills garage space as her café. She quickly achieved critical acclaim for her focus on both product quality and a warm, personalised experience. Gina is committed to sourcing ethically and sustainably grown crops, personally travelling to Colombia, Honduras and Nicaragua to meet growers.
“Coffee is about people and building strong relationships – from the growers who handle the beans, to the people that rely on it for their morning pick-up,” said Gina.
For over 35 years, Sue’s kitchen and homewares shop has been a mainstay of Sydney’s North Shore and the go-to destination for home chefs. Today, Sue’s shop, based in Waterloo, is known for its diverse selection of culinary accessories and tools and its cooking school with classes taught by many of Sydney’s top chefs.
“I opened my shop because I was really interested in cooking and loved teaching it to other people,” adds Sue.
Husband and wife duo David Ralph and Jin Sun Kim started their business with a stall at Manly markets, bringing a taste of the refined chocolate style of Paris, London and Barcelona to Sydney. The pair now sell over 100 different varieties of chocolate out of their Darlinghurst shop, all made in-house by chocolatier Jin Sun without any additives, preservatives or excessive sugar.
“Chocolate is very universal, but there aren’t many shops like ours where you can see everything happening in front of you – (at Kakawa) you can see where the products are made, you can talk to the owners, and the owners are still doing everything from creating and serving to cleaning up at the end,” said David.
In 2001, Oren Glick came to Sydney to open a new location for the furniture store that his parents established in South Africa in 1969. He and his wife Mandy run the combination warehouse and storefront on Danks St, maintaining the family tradition of providing exceptional customer service and high-quality products at affordable prices.
“Furniture is a fashion item that you also have to see and use every single day. We directly import the latest designs so that everyone’s home can look good, with premium products at affordable prices,” said Oren.
Housed in a heritage building in Redfern, Vine Wine has been introducing customers to wines off the beaten path for the last 15 years. Owner Andrew Stubbs aims to promote small businesses and suppliers that don’t always have an easy means of distribution while catering to customers who want the experience of something novel outside of the stock-standard liquor store fare.
“It’s not just my wine store, it’s our wine store. Vine Wine isn’t transactional: it’s a place for the whole community to catch up,” said Andrew.
Find out more about Shop Small here and support local and small business.
And check out Shop Small, here: www.shopsmall2017.com.au