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Taringa’s Local Favourite: the Hillsdon Road Centre

Taringa’s Local Favourite: the Hillsdon Road Centre

Tucked away in a peaceful pocket of Taringa, the Hillsdon Road Centre is true favourite for the locals.

On the corner of Hillsdon and Goldsbrough Roads, this collection of local businesses really brings a vibrant lifestyle to Taringa. The neighbourhood’s tree lined streets are bursting into spring colours and the leafy courtyard at the Hillsdon Road Centre is no exception. From gourmet grocer to a buzzing café, beautician and laundromat, there is a real sense of community here.

 A Taringa Icon

Originally a single convenience store built in the 1930’s, the shops were developed by the Roger/Andronicos families in the 1940’s. Iris Andronicos lived across the road until she was 105 years old and her green thumb influenced much of the gardens surrounding the centre.

These wonderful old photos, kindly provided by the current owners, show the tiny store before there was even a road built. The truck was used by the Roger family to go to the Roma Street Markets for its fresh produce, filling the store with fruit and vegetables.

To this day, the centre is still a family run business. The Sexton Family have owned the property since 1994 and run the Indooroopilly Laundromat. Their passion for the hub inspired them to renovate the run-down shops and gardens in the late 90’s, creating a beautiful courtyard area and attracting many successful businesses over the years.

The Hillsdon Grocer

This boutique grocer is the newest addition to the Hillsdon Road family. Opening in December 2018, the store is run by brother and sister John and Helen with their respective families. You can tell so much thought has gone into selecting the incredible range of produce they have on offer. From artisan cheeses, jams and tapenade, to freshly baked bread, take home dinners and quality meats, everything has been hand selected with care. Much of their produce is locally sourced and if you keep an eye out, make sure to pop in when they are hosting a tasting!

Indooroopilly Laundromat

The Indooroopilly Laundromat is a local icon in itself. If you ever find yourself without a washing machine, you’ll appreciate what this little gem has to offer! With free laundry liquid and fabric softener, free WIFI, a television, magazines, charging stations, PayWave and Apple Pay available, you can have an entire family’s worth of clothes washed and dried within the hour. Not to mention Abode Café and the Hillsdon Grocer are right next door. If you’re moving house or find yourself with a broken washing machine, Geoff and Karen will make your laundry chores a breeze.

Abode Café

Buzzing with activity, Abode Café is a favourite spot for locals to pop in for a great coffee or to relax in the courtyard over a delicious brunch. The menu focuses on seasonal produce that tastes like home, and so the owners welcome you to their ‘humble abode’. Abode is also a big advocate of the local community, with several initiatives designed to give back to the area. ‘Gathers Unite’ encourages customers to bring in their garden produce and they will swap it for a coffee or a jar of jam! They also offer free coffee grounds for your garden and recently supported ‘Street Smart Australia’, donating $1 from every coffee to help homeless people in Brisbane’s inner west.

Other local businesses at the Hillsdon Road Centre include Beauty on the Park, P&L Sexton Appliances, Martin Randall Travel, Movement Made Easy and Studio Schofield.

Sense of Community

Karen Sexton, the proud owner of the hub says “I think our favourite thing about Hillsdon Road Centre is the lovely small business owners we have had in our Centre over the years and most of them are local to Taringa too. We love the locals with people knowing each other, the business owners, the kids and us.”

Over the past 25 years the Sexton family has seen many changes in the area, with the original families who owned the local farms moving on. Younger families located to the area and began to renovate the old Queenslanders which dot the streets of Taringa.

“Being a local business owner really connects you to a suburb. We are so passionate about those little old shops and love that it gives young business owners a chance to start up their first business affordably. The Hillsdon Road Centre keeps that heritage and history going that started back in the 1930’s – locals operating local businesses, for locals!”

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