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  • Brown Sugar. Lox Stock & Barrel

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    The industrious brother and sister duo of Neil and Lianne Gottheiner are behind two of Bondi’s most popular haunts for foodies: Brown Sugar and Lox Stock & Barrel.

    Steve Smith Artist

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    Steve Smith has as many opinions as tattoos, a no holds barred character whose significant talents as an artist range from sign writing to painting to producing graphic novels.

  • Notorious
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    Notorious & Co is a small street wear boutique in the heart of Bondi Beach which has been running for over three years. Nowhere else in Sydney can you source hard-to-find kicks and Eminem action figures in the same place.

    Urban Growers

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    Grant LaBrooy and Byron Smith are the masterminds behind Urban Growers – a dynamic permaculture business aiming to urban farming to residential Sydney.

  • Misfit Shapes

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    Chris Chong and Dave Howell, the owners of Misfits, are long-time friends who have shared a vision to create something together for many years.

    Glass Avenue

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    “It was all unplanned,” begins Chris Fesdekjian when describing his route into entrepreneurship. “Where I used to work they ran the place into the ground and I saw a need for this type of alternative brand/product”.

  • Elo Silo

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    David’s is a tiring day, rising at 04:30 to get in a few hours before a family breakfast with his two young boys ahead of a long stint in the office. Family is an important part of his career and life.

    Captain Sip Sops

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    Pat Capocci admits to once experiencing the familiar fate befitting many new businesses – those lonely hours spent waiting for the door to open, inbox to bing and for the telephone to ring.

  • Belgrave Cartel

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    Mick, Jo and Drew are Manly-born brothers of Italian descent while Pete, who grew up in New Zealand, is a friend and expert barman. Together they have created Belgrave Cartel.

    Iggy’s Bakery

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    There’s genuine love that goes into to every loaf of bread baked at Iggy’s. And the smell of fresh bread floating in the sea breeze is hard to resist. But be quick, they’re almost always sold out early doors.

  • Eugene’s

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    Like most self-starters, Eugene carries the battle scars of commitment, but his thriving cafe and innovative food are testament to a life well-lived.

    Three Blue Ducks

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    Five intrepid owners, Three Blue Ducks and a mantra of being honest, innovative and local; this cafe by day, restaurant by night is an essential Sydney dining experience.

  • Orchard Street

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    Be kind, gentle and fearless. Kirsten Shanks’ wholly positive outlook on life is reflected in her philosophy for Orchard Street, which is driven by passion and promotes health and wellness for everyone.

    Samambaia Flowers

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    Floristry might seem like the ideal occupation for the creatively gifted, but it’s genuine hard graft. Maria Claudia of Samambaia in Bronte has been doing it tough for well over a decade.

  • Bronte Tram

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    Taking its name from a transport stop last frequented in 1960, Bronte Tram, specialising in beautiful furniture and homeware, is one of the district’s most enjoyable places to drop in.

    Dear September

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    Dear September is the brainchild of sisters Sienna Arena and Lauren Johnson who were inspired to give birth to their fledgling interior business when finding affordable homewares seemed impossible.

  • Turbo Studio

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    Labour and love are two fundamental qualities that go into creating a sustainable and successful local business. Jo Palazzetti, of the Turbo Studio, harbours both in abundance.

    Lifecycle Fitness

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    Lifecycle Fitness is a self-styled underground gym where mirrors are as superfluous as egos. Effort, though, is fundamental.

  • Ruby’s Diner

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    Ruby’s Diner is a weekend staple for brunch-hungry Sydneysiders who descend on this relaxed diner for its sublime wholefood grub, velvet-like single origin coffee and vinyl tunes.