Julian Melican knows many of his customers by name. Most weekdays there is a steady stream of locals popping in to Queenscliff Farm Foods to pick up take-away coffee, bread, meat, and fruit. He stocks good quality staples as well as a mouth watering array of gourmet products, wine, cheese, chocolate, sauces, spices and more.
Julian takes pride in unearthing hard-to-find produce and relishes his relationships with local suppliers. "We look forward to finding that something a little bit different, always the best quality for the shop," he says.
"We are fortunate to have a very local and loyal clientele together with the mix of tourist and weekend visitors staying in our wonderful historic seaside village," Julian says. Celebrity chef Gabriele Gate is among his regular customers.
Julian and wife Deirdre bought the business five years ago after operating a successful Bellarine Peninsula restaurant. Their three daughters Olivia, 15, Laura, 13, and Scarlett 8, attend local schools and love the carefree lifestyle that Queenscliff offers.
"My family and I love the busy beach culture over the summer, the walks along the beach, swimming, watching the endless stream of ships coming through Port Phillip heads and the many cruise liners visiting."
"The sporting grounds are here, the schools are here, there's great shopping. It's just easy."