2019 Lord Mayor’s Commendations
The Lord Mayor’s Commendations acknowledge and celebrate the long-term commitment of independent small business proprietors in the City of Melbourne. In 2019, many businesses here at the Market received commendations from the Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.
Our superstar traders are as follows:
Generational Lord Mayor’s Commendations recognise family businesses that have operated continuously within the City of Melbourne across at least three generations.
Prosser’s Seafood: Receiving the Generational Commendation with three generations of Prosser’s dedicating their lives to the seafood industry and have seen firsthand the changing face of Melbourne.
40-plus years Lord Mayor’s Commendations recognise small businesses that have operated continuously within the City of Melbourne for at least 40 years.
Planet Shoes: Shoes and family have always been synonymous for Isaac Borynsztein, Isaac has always felt at home within the hustle and bustle of the Market and says that while he’s seen a lot of change over the years, he wouldn’t change a thing.
The Hat Project: At 21, Jenny began selling plants and baskets at the Market. Several years later, she expanded her business into a beautiful little shop on Victoria Street, where it went through several reincarnations before becoming The Hat Project.
25-plus years Lord Mayor’s Commendations recognise small businesses that have operated continuously within the City of Melbourne for at least 25 years.
Allanson Souvenirs: In 2000, Drita McLennan took over her family business and Allanson Souvenirs was born, offering a range of Australian-made gifts and souvenirs catering to every budget.
10-plus years Lord Mayor’s Commendations recognise small businesses that have operated continuously within the City of Melbourne for at least 10 years.
Tribal Tastes: In 2002, Kunle Adesua, known as ‘Chief’, pioneered the world’s first African Deli, located in Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market. Tribal Tastes was born out of the intrinsic belief that stories, culture and values are enshrined in cuisine.
The Corner Chicken Shop: Chis and Olivia pride themselves on their vast knowledge of their product and cooking skills, which has enabled them to help every customer – from gourmet chefs to weekend BBQ warriors – make the perfect poultry selection.
The Chicken Pantry: Providing poultry to some of Melbourne’s top chefs and being featured on several international television programs, Garry and Janine Hunt pride themselves for not only producing the highest quality product but also delivering outstanding customer service.
La Deli: Luke and Angela Louca have been happily running La Deli since 2008. However, Luke’s Queen Victoria Market heritage runs far deeper! At just eight years old he began helping his parents at their deli and, at 20 years, was running Dianne’s Delights Gourmet alongside his mother, Dianne.
The Apple Corner: Wanting to create a family business for their three daughters, Giuseppe and Nancy Policheni founded The Apple Corner in 1995. The store quickly became known for premium quality, great service and competitive prices.
Wei Qiang Xu: A permanent fixture at the Market now for 15 years, Gary has expanded his merchandise range to also include scarves and jewellery.
Bellerby Shoes: After taking over the family stall at the Market in 2009, Bellerby Shoes have helped thousands of women find their perfect pair of shoes, boots and sandals.
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(Photography by David Hannah)