Tarragindi’s Good Things Grocer Revives Former Fruit Barn

Good Things Grocer is Tarragindi’s newest neighbourhood grocer, located in a space once occupied by Tarragindi Fruit Barn on Toohey Road.

Read: Uncovering History: Toohey Forest’s Hidden Past

Co-founded by long-time entrepreneurs Sarah Jones and Kymberlee Stone, Good Things Grocer opened its doors March this year after the duo lost their beloved cafe in the 2022 Lismore floods.

Determined to start anew, Sarah and Kym returned to Brisbane moved by a vision to create a grocery store that nurtures connection through quality fare. 

Sarah Jones and Kymberlee Stone (Photo credit: goodthingsgrocer.com.au)

“We want Good Things Grocer to be a grocery shopping trip you actually want to go on: everyday treats, all the foodie essentials, fresh produce and gourmet deli goodness that you just can’t help dropping into your basket,” Sarah and Kym shared through their website.

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With their impressive culinary pedigree, the co-owners are certainly delivering on that promise. Kym comes from a long line of farmer’s market sellers, with her mum and grandma having sold family produce at the famed Jan Powers Farmers Markets for over 20 years. 

Sarah brings nearly 30 years of hospitality experience to the table, honing her craft everywhere from beloved Brisbane cafes to the dynamic food scene of her native Melbourne.

Together, the duo have run cafes for 15 years, starting with Apples in Salisbury before relocating to Northern Rivers. There, they opened the community fixture Flock Cafe, a Mullumbimby and Lismore staple. Although the Lismore floods ended that chapter, the seeds of Good Things Grocer were planted.

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Much like Flock Cafe, Good Things Grocer is already becoming the heartbeat of its neighbourhood. The shop brims with flowers, fresh produce, gourmet goods, and beloved brands like Allpress Espresso and Azteca Margarita Mix. Locals pop in for Jocelyn’s Provisions mouthwatering sourdough or Jacopo Corbetta’s lasagna trays.

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Beyond retail, Good Things Grocer nurtures community in other ways too. The vibrant coffee bar serves as a gathering place, whilst plans are underway to offer online ordering and delivery of flowers, grazing boxes, and fresh bundles.

As Sarah and Kym welcome neighbours with Australian hospitality’s signature warmth, one thing is clear: when it comes to good food and good company, Tarragindi’s favourite grocery destination is here to stay.

They are open Monday to Friday 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on weekends 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. 

Read: Get To Know Renae McBrien, Founder of Tarragindi Community Garden

Published 7-December-2023 

Koala Warning Signs Up on Toohey Rd as Mating Season Begins

Ahead of the koalas’ mating season, the Brisbane City Council has started putting up warning signs on Toohey Rd. This also follows a photo taken by a local resident of a koala sighting on the northern part of Toohey Forest Park, which was posted by Cr Steve Griffith.

Photo taken by a local resident on the northern side of Toohey Forest.
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The signs were put up on the northern and southern parts of the Toohey Forest Park. These signs are warning motorists to slow down especially this season when koalas are more active. Koala sighting in the forest are rare, although according to some residents or bushwalkers, you will normally see a koala on the southern part of the forest. Still, there is koala activity in the area and now that the mating season (which will last through March) is about to begin, koala sightings are expected to become more frequent.

Male koalas tend to be more aggressive when they are looking for mates, hence the signs. Motorists may find koalas running around more often as they pass by, which is why it is important to take extra care.

Female koalas only produce a new baby every two or three years. That is why zoos and plenty of organizations are doing everything that they can to protect their habitat, to prevent koalas from extinction.

Another effort undertaken by the BCC in February this year was putting two trained spaniels that were provided by OWAD Environment to be used for five months to hunt down koalas in Brisbane’s bushland to know the exact number of the native marsupials within the city. Keeping track of them and their movement patterns is also another way to protect them.

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Late last year, they also have signed an agreement with the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to begin the construction of the world-class koala research centre for koala conservation.

Also read: Upcoming Lone Pine Sanctuary Research Centre in Fig Tree Pocket To Help Save Koalas