The Staple Store
Roll em in, stock em up. Your jars and containers, that is.
Today I write from the heart, about a store that is exactly that.
I was lucky enough to be recommended to The Staple Store by my good friends at HotRaw Yoga. Their enthusiasm about this store was so overwhelming and considering my role and mission here at Nourish Melbourne is to find all things 'nourishing' in Melbourne and pass on the good word, I had to get there ASAP.
So I hopped in the car and ventured to an inner suburban shopping strip, not too far away from home, on Glen Eira Road in Ripponlea.
I walked in to The Staple Store to be met by the gorgeous, smiley, bubbly Catie. Whilst introducing myself to Catie, I find it hard not to be distracted by this so simple but 'seems to have everything' store. On one side I see a woman filling up small stainless steel bowls of various nuts, seeds, quinoa, oats, amaranth, you name it. On another side I see large urns filled with local extra virgin olive oil, tamari, agave and other forms of liquid goodness. In another corner I find a customer intrigued by ready made bags of gluten free cake mixes. (Betty Crocker eat your heart out). And in the middle, a table full of jars brimming with local raw nuts, seeds, dried fruits, spices and more.
Catie Gett, the owner of The Staple Store is a naturopath, hospitality veteran and small business owner. She also runs online blog The Wholefood Project, a blog for foodies and home chefs alike. Catie's extensive knowledge means The Staple Store is stocked simply, yet spectacularly.
So what do I recommend? Well, those who know me know I love a good sweet-something. Catie's cake mixes are so easy as all you need to add are either eggs, oil, water (or all three). Have one in your pantry in case of unexpected visitors. Catie also helped me make my own muesli which I took home and topped with my very own home made almond milk. In that muesli was both puffed and rolled quinoa, coconut, hazelnut meal, buckini's, cinammon, cashews, almonds, dried cranberries, flax seed and more that I just can't remember! With that I took home a side of her special freeze dried berry and coconut mix which is just heavenly sprinkled on top or mixed into some full fat organic yoghurt.
For my gluten and grain-free friends, you cannot go past the Deeks loaf. Make sure you call Catie before you go to avoid missing out when you visit! I'm also adoring a special blend of tea, cleverly put together by Catie herself called 'everything is coming up roses'. It includes organic earl grey, rose petals, organic lemongrass and Loving Earth organic vanilla powder. A perfect afternoon tea.
What else do I need to tell you? BYO containers to take home your nuts, seeds and dried fruits as well as bottles to fill up on your liquid staples. And, leave enough time to take in all that The Staple Store has to offer, as well as to have a good chat with Catie. It's not a store to be rushed, but rather relished - from one nourished heart to another.
Words by Natasha Mason