The concept behind The Borough Dept. Store is simple; to bring together major players in the Gippsland food and produce community, in one central location, combining their passion for high-quality food and wine with some good ol’ fashioned hospitality.
The Borough Dept. Store exists to give back to the Gippsland community. With a shared commitment to the idea of ‘cooperating, not competing’, the huge warehouse space allows these small businesses to come together to share networks, experience, knowledge, and even customers, for the betterment of the team as a whole. Positioned in a prominent location on the main street, this new project inhabits a 1930s building with a long history as an emporium, variety store, and department store.
So who’s involved? Tamsin Carvan and her crew from Tamsin’s Table will be selling homemade cakes, coffee and a selection of speciality dairy items; Rachel and Karl Russo from udder & hoe in Kilcunda and Loch bring a wholefoods café and pantry with produce supplied by local growers; Tom Sheer and James Audas of Lofi Wines offer handpicked wines sold by the glass and the bottle; and a pop-up plant store from Plantsmith and Elk and Horn will bring the green to the beautiful space. Other collaborators include the team behind the infamous Kilcunda General Store; John Calabro, publisher of the quarterly Gippslandia magazine; and John and Bridget Kennedy of the Bicycle Fitting Store.
Bringing visitors fresh produce six days a week, the Borough Dept. Store will also host a weekly Wednesday market with the ‘explicit goal to get fresh local produce back on the main street, support new and emerging food growers of the region, and provide an additional selling day for established producers’.
Borough Department Store
63 Commercial Street