It’s like the corner store you used to visit as a kid and a country milk bar rolled into one. But at Grigons & Orr corner store (originally the handiwork of Kellie Grigons and Margo Orr and since sold to Michael Young) that’s just the point.
Behind the glass counter, shelves stretch to the ceiling, everything from Tim Tams and Nutella to canned sardines and shampoo. Milkshake-whisks stand ready for action. There’s a nod to retro chic here, from the comforting menu (omelettes, pancakes, coddled eggs with cheesy soldiers, etc.) to the jars of counter-top lollies that get you rummaging for spare change.
The pink chunks of house-made coconut-ice or chocolate-y lamingtons are always appealing; and there’s always the promise of a frothing spider or ice-cream float made with sarsaparilla to bring nostalgia knocking. If you’re not into being led down memory lane, then up-to-date coffee is made with milky care.
The diminutive corner-shop space is all Laminex tables, wooden crates and cutesy sugar bowls. Head upstairs for the same lived-in op-shop vibe, but some extra space. Be prepared to queue for weekend breakfast, or bring your knitting for a brunch sitting that may well become afternoon tea.