Amber Rose Coffee & Food Store
Rohan and Levina operate this mixed business – food, coffee, flowers, antiques – from the early hours of each day, conversing with regulars and warmly welcoming travellers. The interior boasts lush, green flowers, antique clocks and picture frames, while the menu favourites include freshly made toasties, bacon and eggs, and good coffee. “I’m not a florist by trade, I just like playing with flowers,” explains Levina. “There was no room in the house so it had to come out here [at Amber Rose]; my house also looks like this. But people love it! It’s not plain, there’s always something to look at. I just like colour, so anything colourful inspires me. I like roses, magnolias – all flowers really.”
Annandale Garden Centre Gardening
We’re a family business of 43 years. Enjoyment at work always comes down to the people, the customers. And the flowers: colours, vibrance and inspiration that you can put into your house, into your garden, into your living environment [through plants]. I think if you walk into a house with plants and you walk into that same house without plants, they’re going to be two very different feels; I think having plants around you gives you a satisfaction. It’s bringing the outside in, and it’s making your house, your apartment, your balcony, that would generally be concrete or stark walls, and just gives it a feeling of softness and growth and a natural feel.