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Market neighbours work through lockdown together

Market neighbours work through lockdown together

By Marco Holden Jeffery You might not think it, but the pharmacy and the cafe are natural allies. Before the pandemic, Victoria Market Pharmacy owner Cheryl Lim said most of her regular customers were also regulars of cafe Coffea Coffee next door. “A pharmacy and a cafe work very well together – people drop their

Folia House returns after QVM reopens for specialty traders

By Katie Johnson For a long 11 weeks, Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM’s) beloved plant store, Folia House, was forced to keep its doors shut due to coronavirus restrictions.  But on June 12, owner Quynh Phan was overjoyed to re-open to customers after QVM allowed specialty traders to return to the market.   “We were surprised

Market favourite reopens

By Tamara Clark Drums Café in the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) has reopened with a focus on takeaway food and delivery after recent COVID-19 restrictions forced the business to close. This followed seven weeks of no income for the business as the QVM was shut as well as all of Drums’s pop up locations. With

Market launches pickup service

Queen Victoria Market (QVM) has established a pre-order and pickup service to give shoppers access to fresh produce while maintaining social distancing.  As many businesses adjust to the unique situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the market – a CBD institution – is also adapting, allowing market-goers to pick up weekly essentials without leaving their car. 

African deli a part of QVM furniture

By David Schout As some Melburnians continued the panic buying spree throughout March, one Queen Victoria Market (QVM) trader turned away customers who sought to buy excess food, despite it being good for his business. Kunle Adesua, chef and owner of popular African deli Tribal Tastes, wants to instill some calm in a city clearly

The apple doesn’t fall far

By David Schout They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree but in the case of Market Organics owner Wendy Edwards, the phrase takes on a whole new meaning. Since she was three weeks old, Wendy has been making the regular pilgrimage to Queen Victoria Market (QVM). Her family’s apple orchard in Red

Bushfood in the heart of the city

21-year-old Hayden Marks is passionate about native Australian bushfoods.  His business Melbourne Bushfood has recently arrived in the organics section at Queen Victoria Market (QVM), adding to the market’s already diverse range of fresh foods.  While much of what Hayden offers will be familiar to most of us, bushfoods are generally not found in most

The world famous Christmas shop

The Myer Christmas Windows aren’t the only Christmas window display in the CBD, or necessarily the most popular. Queen Victoria Market’s Ambiance gift shop has one of the most intricate and impressive shop fronts in the city. “I do all the windows and that’s my favourite part, doing the displays,” said Mel Martino, who runs

Al dente at the market

By Meg Hill “My favourite part of my job is the compliment you get when you help someone and they walk away with a smile,” said Sharon Brooks, the owner of Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM) Traditional Pasta Shop. “Helping them with a product or a simple thing like telling them how to cook a product

Barbering is in the blood

By Sean Car For the manager and “head barber” of Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM’s) new barbershop Edwin Squires, hairdressing runs in the family.  It’s a theme engrained in Another Man Barber and Shop, which has recently established in one of the many bespoke shipping containers that make up the market’s funky new String Bean Alley. 

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