Keeping it local
From the beginning, Sadie Black caused a buzz among the community. Not only were locals excited to have a brand-new café in the quiet suburb, but they were also pleased to see it run by a pair of locals who understood how to keep it true to its authentic Albion character. “Before we even opened, there was a lot of social media hype,” says Meaghan. “People were walking in to say hello and offer help when the windows were still boarded up.”
And Sadie Black has kept true to its community-orientated roots. It’s a comfortable place for locals to hang out or simply grab coffee. It hosts an array of neighbourhood events, sporting groups – and even events for community groups advocating for the protection of the local environment.
“I’m really proud of it. We’ve made this a place for the community, and we’re passionate about advocating to protect our local creeks and waterways,” says Meaghan.
Community members bring them abundant local produce, which Meaghan transforms into cakes. And every food scrap is composted, including the coffee grinds, which locals pick up as fertiliser.
“Sustainability is always front of mind for us. That’s why we only use fully-recyclable Biopak coffee cups and paper straws. And why we make the effort to use produce from our own herb and veggie garden, and to source additional food locally,” says Meaghan.
“We also offer coffee discounts to customers who use reusable coffee cups like KeepCups. And some locals even get their breakfast as takeaway on their own plates brought from home. We really encourage that BYO idea when it comes to food packaging”.