Community has been a bit of a buzzword in recent times. It’s little wonder with our current global situation — people are beginning to lower their gaze for distant things, and therefore readily take in their current environment. Coming together over great food and drink, underpinned by a true, and friendly sense of localism has created pouches of community-driven hospitality venues across the city.
One little suburb, Florida Gardens within Broadbeach Waters, is where friendly residents and a tranquil ambience are the norm. A place that now has a community-focussed cafe-come-corner store offering up delicious goods… and you’re all welcome!
The venue sits on the corner of a strip of shops, and with its leafy outlook, welcomes you in to stay awhile in their fabulous interior or take a seat outside in dappled sunshine. Great care has been taken to produce a clean and calm space with rich wood hues, neutral tones, and great attention to detail everywhere you look.
The essence the owners of this space want to capture is the unique charm of Florida Gardens. Some residents have lived in this tiny enclave for decades, it’s the kind of place where popping round to your neighbour for a cup of sugar is a legitimate undertaking and not just a cliche. With this in mind, FG Cornerstore is precisely that: a place where locals can grab premium staple produce and gourmet items they might not find elsewhere.
Think decadent chocolate spreads, jams, salts from around the world. Daily bread from Gold Coast fave Pixel Bakehouse is available, and if you’re the type of person who loves routine, tell them what bread and what day you’d like it, and they can make it a consistent thing. Small town feels, just a hop, skip, and jump from Surfers Paradise? Who knew?
The menu is put together with mountains of care and attention and will develop over time. You’ll find tastes and savours of honest style Mediterranean style foods, with bowls of salads such as the Nonna Adelia potato and egg salad which you simply have to try — or take home! There’s also a fine collection of paninis with fillings you won’t find every day, like the FG OG with Coppa, Sopressa Salami, house-made pesto, and the Fresh As stuffed with Olasgasti Tuna, wasabi mayo, and pickled cucumber.
Expect no shortcuts taken with drinks either; with all your coffee and tea needs taken care of along with crowd favourites like your hot choccies and chais also available. And should you feel like a health-driven libation, you’re covered with a gorgeous selection of cold-pressed juices and kombuchas to treat those hot summer mornings.
The plan is to let the space integrate itself into the community, allowing the venue to be a catalyst for conversations and new relationships. Plans are on the horizon to open for evenings and long weekend lunches with a pending liquor license application awaiting approval. So watch this space!
And should we mention it’s just a turn or two off the Gold Coast Highway — convenient right?!
When: Mon, Thurs, Fri 6.30am – 1pm and Weekends 7am – 1pm
Where: Shop 7, 1 Naranga Avenue, Broadbeach Waters
Words by Alex Mitcheson.