The Storehouse Mt Evelyn

Local is the new black

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Post by Amy Middleton.

Graeme and Jacqueline opened The Storehouse in Mt Evelyn only a few weeks ago with the purpose of giving the ‘little guy a leg up’. By ensuring that all produce is sourced locally and stocking artisan wears of local makers, this husband and wife team seems to have created a little hub of wholesomeness.

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The Storehouse sells a wide range of self serve bulk wholefoods, including flours, seeds, nuts and dried fruits. They also have a good collection of sustainable living personal and household products. Locally roasted coffee from Capulus Roastery makes the perfect companion for the cakes and muffins baked down the road by Mel McGregor from Sweet Feast. All the fresh produce used by the cafe is supplied by Organic Empire a few kilometers away. You will find original artworks hung on the walls and the curious terrariums from Little Lands in Monbulk delight the solid timber tables crafted by Jayden Lucas, who also happens to be member of the family. Needless to say ‘local is the new black’ and this pair have style!

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The Storehouse has a really relaxed atmosphere and as I stood back to watch Graeme and his Dad have an arm wrestle over the counter, it gave me that ‘feel good feeling’ to see a group of people having fun, whilst looking after the little guys.

Oh, and if selling organic and locally sourced goods wasn’t doing enough to encourage a healthy lifestyle, they also have some exercise equipment out the back. If you can do 30 pull-ups without stopping… you’ll win yourself a free coffee!

For more info head to their Facebook page, or pop in for a cuppa.

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The Couryard Sassafrass

The Courtyard

The Couryard Sassafrass

Post by Amy Middleton.

I simply love how the hills keep catching me by surprise. Just when I think I have found all the gorgeous and quirky little shops that pepper the townships, I happen upon another retail wonder… The Courtyard.

Catherine Court opened the doors of The Courtyard just over a year ago and her shop is an absolute delight. You will find it just outside of Sassafras village on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road.

Catherine has fine taste in gift and home wares and I couldn’t help but notice how many of our local artists and makers were featured in the shop. Original art by Emma Jennings, Tracey Roberts and Jacqui Christians is hung throughout the space… and everyone knows just how much I love keeping it local!


It excites me that people like Catherine are brave enough to start small businesses on the outskirts of the main villages because the less obvious locations always have something special to offer. The Courtyard includes seven rooms of beautiful objects displayed in a gorgeous converted house lined with original floorboards and crisp white walls. Catherine is delightful too… after all, any shop owner who has a basket of free organic herbs for customers to help themselves to has already won me over.

Be sure to pop in to The Courtyard next time you are in the area or when you need to buy something special.

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or check out their facebook page.

Rusted at The Basin

Rusted – What’s a girl to do?

Rusted at the Basin

Post by Amy Middleton.

Paris Lyons is the owner and instigator behind Rusted on Forest Street in The Basin. When Paris finished school in 2012 she decided not to choose between the two worlds she loved, art and science, but embraced them both full heartedly… and full mindedly! She juggles her time between studying Neuroscience and running her store that sells imported jewelry, clothing and unusual handmade items from Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Morocco, Spain and all around the world.

I tip my hat to this lovely young lady who clearly knows what she loves and is prepared to work hard to make it work!

Shop2 / 367 Forest Rod, The Basin.

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