In our fast-paced era of multitasking, urban gentrification, demolition and renewal, we celebrate the men and women behind the shops, barbers, cafes and classic establishments that have stood the test of time.
Opened in 1975 by Joe and Vicky Aiello, Flower of Sorrento is a hidden diamond in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill. Now run by the couple's children, Flower of Sorrento has withstood the demise of similar stores in the area, remaining a favourite among locals thanks to its enduring and indispensable charm
One of the last remaining provision stores in Singapore, Tee Seng Store is a window into the history of the island-nation before it became the booming metropolis many of us know it as today. We paid a visit to its owner, Ang Lu Heng, to find out how his humble shop has miraculously defied the test of time
Tucked away near Merri Creek, just around the corner from Assemble HQ sits Amalgamated Stone, supplier and manufacturer of all things stone for over thirty years. Dan Aulsebrook stops past for a chat with Stephen Manakis (and co-worker Lou)
Sixty-one years ago, seamstress Gina Basso left her family in Carmignano di Brenta in Northern Italy and travelled across the world to North Carlton, Victoria to be with her new husband, tailor Giacomo. Now 82, the impeccably presented Gina can still be found four days out of seven at her century-old Dürkopp Adler sewing machine—often with 27-year-old granddaughter Emily on the Janome beside her
Casa Iberica has single-handedly been providing Melbourne with hard-to-find Spanish and Portuguese smallgoods and culinary essentials since Jose and Alice de Sousa opened its doors in 1973, and it continues to flourish under the shrewd management of current owner, Jose and Alice's godson Paulo. We caught up with Paul over one of Casa Iberica's legendary sandwiches
Our latest 'Back to the Future' adventure takes us to 52 year-old family-run Brunswick establishment Charalambous Hardware, a much-loved Sydney Road stalwart that has gone the distance despite the emergence of competing hardware chains nearby. A regular Charalambous customer, Daniel Aulsebrook dropped by for a chat with Stan Charalambous to hear a few stories from his many years on the scene