Owner of Holland House

Holland House brings a piece of the Netherlands to Sydney

During the weekdays, Smithfield, a southwestern suburb of Sydney, is a roaming ground for large trucks that are making pick up and drop off deliveries for nearby industrial business parks. On the weekends, the roads become secluded, but that’s also when Holland House is at its busiest. Husband and wife John and Anita van Altena have been running Holland House, a Dutch retail store and … Continue reading Holland House brings a piece of the Netherlands to Sydney

Ferdinando Pisciuneri

From small to big: How Fred’s became a local institution

Born into an Italian family that migrated from Ardore, a city located in southern Reggio Calabria province, Ferdinando Pisciuneri, best known as Fred, was the eldest of six. To help his parents out on the family farm in Bringelly, Sydney where they were growing an abundance of fruits and vegetables, Fred opened up his first fruit and vegetable shop in 1962 in the southwestern suburb of … Continue reading From small to big: How Fred’s became a local institution

Fevzi Ozdemeir holds onto Elif Market for the good memories

On initial appearance, Elif Market International Delicatessen appears like any other small business that sells cigarettes and chewing gums. But walking further into the narrow shop, on one side, behind the glass displays are a selection of cheese and cold meats ready to be sliced and sold by the kilo. On the other side, shelves are neatly stacked, mainly with imported food products from Turkey, … Continue reading Fevzi Ozdemeir holds onto Elif Market for the good memories

Giving it her all: Lee Kien’s generous efforts

Sitting crouched down behind the counter of her grocery store, Lee Kien greets every customer that walks through the door with a warm smile, and converses with them in their native tongue, as if they have all been friends for sometime. Kien explained that she tries to channel the way her mum use to run the family grocery store back in her hometown of Savannakhet, … Continue reading Giving it her all: Lee Kien’s generous efforts

Josh Rea forages for the best at Gourmet Life

Four hundred dollars, some vanilla beans, and a thriving idea was what kicked started Tasmanian-born Josh Rea’s food-enthralled business. The success was so overwhelming that it inspired him to open his first food store Gourmet Life in Sydney’s Edgecliff. “When Coca Cola bought out Vanilla Coke it brought such a big demand for vanilla beans around the world; the prices just went through the roof. … Continue reading Josh Rea forages for the best at Gourmet Life