Life & Style

Newcastle Businesses isolation innovations that we’re loving

Coronavirus and its many and varied required regulations has brought with it unprecedented challenges for our local businesses. Yet, despite these hardships, we’ve seen businesses combat these challenges with creativity and we have watched our community become more connected than ever. This is not to say, it hasn’t been and will continue to be extremely tough. However, it’s worth shining a light on these innovative businesses that have arisen to adapt to the ‘new normal’.

As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and Newy, we think you’re going to come out of this even stronger, more creative and more resilient than before.

The Hunter Valley hits Darby Street

The Hunter Valley is typically the tourist hotspot for foodies and wines lovers alike; however, the current travel restrictions has left this wine country feeling the brunt big time. One local winery, Glandore Estate Wines, hasn’t let the temporary closure of their cellar door stop them, and instead, they’ve partnered with local venue, Wil & Sons, to bring their wines to Darby Street. By temporarily turning the empty floor space into a pop-up Urban Wine Store diners can now match their dishes with a drop straight from the Hunter Valley. Locals helping locals, that’s what we love to see!

Wil & Sons offers takeaway dinners from Wed-Sun. 

From Dine-In to Delivery

There is not much that Newcastle locals enjoy more than long brunches and coffee catch-ups. So, it is safe to say that the closure of many of our favourite cafes and restaurants is not only hurting businesses, it’s hurting our souls too. Rest assured the rise of the takeaway menus has skyrocketed and is fulfilling our smashed avo and soy cappuccino needs. The options are endless, from King St Deli and Bar cheese and charcuterie, to Coal and Cedar cocktails, to fine dining at home with Subo’s three-course menu.

For a list of venues offering takeaway in the Lake Macquarie area click here

Spreading Good Karma

Despite doing it tough themselves we’ve seen many local venues spreading the love around. Sherwood Café Bar has set up a ‘Pay It Forward to Our Frontline Workers’ program which has received overwhelming support. As the name suggests, the program allows you to pre-pay a coffee for a brave frontline worker to enjoy. Meanwhile, Newy Burger Co has organised ‘Kindness Boxes’ filled with local produce and delivered to those doing it tough. They encourage businesses to donate goods to the boxes and/or sponsor the cost of a box.

Online Fitness Classes

Social Distancing is (unfortunately) no longer a valid excuse for skipping your regular workout as our local fitness studios rise to the challenge by delivering online workouts and renting out equipment. This means you can now sweat it out at home with online classes covering cardio, yoga, pilates – you name it! The Coalface Gym has gone one step further and established a ‘Pay It Forward’ system so sessions can be purchased for those who have lost work. Say hello to at-home work-outs and goodbye to the iso-bod.

Check out our full list of online gym classes here.

NHCH Unite to Provide Care Packages to The Community

As if the brave folk at Newcastle and Hunter Community Health were not already doing enough by working on the frontlines of the pandemic, they’ve gone one step further and partnered with local businesses to provide vulnerable community members with care packs. The care packs include essentials such as toilet paper, cleaning products, and canned goods. Many of the NHCH’s clients’ informal support networks have broken down during the crisis, meaning, when family or friends would usually help they are now unable to due to current social restrictions. The NHCH hopes that the care packages will relieve some of the burden on individuals and importantly, remind them they are not alone at this time.

Earp Distilling Co goes from Spirits to Sanitiser

Local legends, Earp Distilling Co have used their resources to produce two of the most essential products during this pandemic - hand sanitiser and alcohol. The usual gin distillery is now simultaneously producing both their sustainable artisanal gin as well as hand sanitiser, in order to help meet the unprecedented demand for liquids sanitisers. Save yourself a trip to the supermarket and grab your essentials from this local business.

Sanitiser: $20 500ml, $40 1L, 4x 250ml $60, for more info click here.

High Tea With Mrs Woo Make Face Masks for Looking and Feeling Good

High Tea With Mrs Woo is the local small-scale clothing label run by the three Foong sisters (aka creative masterminds). They recently expanded their retail repertoire to offer face masks, but not just any face masks. In classic Mrs Woo style, these are hand-made, pleated cloth face masks created with fabric off-cuts from their main production line. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, for every mask purchased $20 is donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). The ASRC are providing much needed support to those who are especially vulnerable during the current COVID-19 health crisis.

Masks are thoughtfully made to order, $45 each and can be ordered here.

Estabar x Local Crop Fruit and Veg Boxes

To adapt to the strict takeaway-only regulations the Newcastle institution Estabar has collaborated with Local Crop to supply customers with the best local fruit and veg. For $55 you can collect a selection of local and seasonal produce with the option for additional local goodies such as Uprising sourdough or Jam Lady hot tomato relish. Grab an Estabar takeaway coffee while you’re there and feel great knowing that you’ve supported a few local businesses in one go!

For more info check out Estabar’s Instagram and to order your own box text Bec on 0412 130 120.

For a list of other fresh food deliveries available at the moment click here.

The Grain Store temporarily turns into a bottle shop

In a time when The Grain Store Restaurant can’t do what it does best (pour their 21 on-tap craft beers) the local hotspot has transformed into craft beer bottle shop. The usual vast timber floor space and high ceilings are now lined with shelves of local craft beer including favourites like Stone & Wood and Moon Dog. For delivery of their extensive food and drink menu, it requires a minimum order of $35 with options including their Sunday special six-course beer degustation.

Drop into The Grain Store or take a look at their takeaway menu here.