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Generational cooking filling the market with flavours from Turkey

Generational cooking filling the market with flavours from Turkey

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker For Nancy Turan, owning the Borek Shop within the Queen Victoria Market isn’t just a job, it is a way to bring memories from home into the city where she now lives.  Operating at the market since 1996, Nancy originally started baking borek with her mother and grandmother. “I learnt to bake

Proving the way to a Melburnians heart is through the stomach

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker  Not many people can run a small business through a pandemic and continue to beam with positivity, but franchisee Tarn Evans continues to prove Ferguson and Plarre Bakehouse truly is “baking people happy”. Celebrating its 120th year, Ferguson and Plarre Bakehouse is a powerhouse built on a seamless blend of knowledge and

Saving the world, one barrel at a time

By Brendan Rees There’s no staring down the barrel for Marshall Waters whose wine bar at the Queen Victoria Market is all about reusing and refilling.  His unique set-up allows customers to come back and refill their bottles straight from the barrel – and it’s proven to be a hit. “Some of my longest standing

Metro Tunnel puts success within Lilian’s reach

Lilian Sokolski has seized an opportunity as an indigenous trainee on the Metro Tunnel Project with both hands. Lilian, whose family hails from the Trawlwoolway Plangermaireener tribe of Flinders Island, has joined the bustling social inclusion and procurement team on the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA), ensuring the project links with local Aboriginal and social enterprise

A family affair at QVM

By Rachael Fleury For the Caiafa family, the Queen Victoria Market holds a very special place in their history. M & G Caiafa, or “the corner bread shop”, as its customers fondly know it, is a family-run business that was started 47 years ago by Michael Caiafa Snr and his wife, Grace Caiafa. The shop

Tomato City – delivering fresh produce for 75 years

Queen Victoria Market (QVM) stall Tomato City has been in owner John Pontelandolfo’s family for almost 75 years.  Mr Pontelandolfo’s father started the fruit and vegetable stall at the market in 1946 at the age of 19 after emigrating from Molise in Italy. After leaving his job in the insurance industry, Mr Pontelandolfo tried his

Miss Brown Vintage – advocating slow fashion

By Katie Johnson   The world of fashion is often characterised as being faced-paced, disposable and cheap.   But for the past year Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM’s) beloved sustainable fashion store Miss Brown Vintage has been advocating for things to slow down.   Located in String Bean Alley, Miss Brown offers a unique collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the ‘50s to the ‘90s sourced from all over the world.  

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