Meet Your Locals
Hear stories from the people behind your local favourites.

Pasta Journey

Marina moved to Melbourne in 2019 and started teaching pasta-making as ‘Pasta Journey’ in February 2020.

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Inner West Swedish Baker

In 2020, Inner West Swedish Baker spread the joy of Fika by delivering traditional Swedish sweets, savouries and bread to local households in Melbourne’s west.

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540 on Barkly

Simon Matowski’s background has always been in pubs, so when it came time for him to start his own business he knew exactly what he wanted 540 on Barkly to be.

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Stroop Ice Cream and Waffles

At Stroop Ice Cream and Wafels you can find twenty flavours of ice cream and sorbet at any one time, all made off-site using imported Italian ingredients and pastes.

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Butcher 128

The butcher’s shop located at 128 Robert Street had sat dormant for many years before Donnie Lam transformed it into the cafe Butcher 128 in 2013.

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Number 99 Cafe

When Ooy and Chom decided to branch out on their own in 2019, they knew that they wanted to keep their business small. So at Number 99, you’ll always see just the two of them, chattering away in Thai.

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Assembly Yoga

Melissa was due to open Assembly Yoga in West Footscray in May 2020 - but due to the lockdowns, she was only able to open for nine days in June, before shutting again for another 130 days.

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My Mama Said

My Mama Said is a fitness studio that specialises in barre, yoga and pilates, with more than fifty classes per week on offer.

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Gerry’s Pittes

This Australian food icon is a third-generation business by the Geromanolis family, with the manufacturing base and direct to public sales happening behind a plain, unassuming shopfront in Braybrook.

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Coracle Cafe

Jane and Ben opened Coracle in 2019 in the heart of Yarraville Village, on the former site of Happy Four Chinese Restaurant.

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Kindred Studios

Kindred Studios started with band rehearsal rooms and a bar in 2005 but now, sixteen years later, it’s a one-stop-shop for artists and creative individuals and organisations in Melbourne’s west.

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