The Junction has developed a reputation among health-conscious Novocastrians and Pickled & Pressed is fast becoming its hub.
Alice Joy and Tibor Grubits opened the doors to their values-based cafe last September and have been working hard to engage with – and connect – like-minded people in the community. They run regular swap meets for home gardeners as well as cooking classes and dessert workshops, and help people detox with juice cleanses.
“Connection is the currency of wellness,” Ms Joy told Food & Wine.
“Over time, we hope that our space is used by more community groups.”
Ms Joy is a former lawyer and personal trainer and Mr Grubits is a design scientist specialising in energy efficiency. In 2012 the pair founded Living Joy, “a better-way-of-life company” specialising in sustainable, in-fill residential property development.
“As part of that, we put in permaculture gardens in urban developments, just like we’re doing at Pickled & Pressed,” Ms Joy explained.
“We both love food and are really passionate about wellness and sustainability. We wanted to create a space where people enjoy nourishing food that is delicious and sustainable.
“Also, because we work in sustainable property development where one of the most sustainable things that you can do is to build smaller dwellings, it makes a lot of sense to us to create a community hub with the space for people, and their friends, families and dogs, to connect.”
The Pickled & Pressed philosophy is that people and the planet can thrive together. They use glass packaging, run a bottle-return scheme, have a vegetable garden on site and plan to create more vertical gardens in the future. The plant-based menu is free from gluten, dairy, animal products, refined sugars and preservatives, and an effort is made to use as much locally-grown seasonal produce as possible.
“We feel like The Junction is becoming a hub for health-conscious people who want to live a lifestyle where socialising and health go hand in hand,” Ms Joy said.
“It’s so close to the beach, and there are many other successful, conscious people and businesses here. We found the early 1900s terrace building for sale and fell in love with the space and the north-facing courtyard, and so we took the plunge and went for it.”