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By Ben Hansen
February 10, 2021
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By Ben Hansen
February 10, 2021
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From big cities to rural towns, the humble corner store is a staple of Australian suburbs. Whether you're ducking down to get milk for your morning coffee or a 50 cent bag of lollies with your pocket money, the corner store always has just what you need.

Interior stylist Mia Cipolla is taking this local, community-focused tradition of the corner store and introducing locally sourced, high-quality food, drink and goods at her new Darlinghurst cafe- corner store hybrid, Darlo General.

Darlo General has opened in the place of a previous, more traditional Darlinghurst corner store. While it may not be able to compete with the extensive selection on offer at the Redfern Convenience Store, it's certainly elevating the items list of your standard local shop, swapping out energy drinks for kombucha and red frogs for sourdough.

The new inner city spot is serving up freshly brewed coffee each morning alongside a selection of handmade cakes and savoury goodies baked by two Darlinghurst locals. Alongside the tasty treats, you'll find bread from Pioik Bakery, drinks from Kombu kombucha, Strangelove soda and Monceau pét-nat and vegan nut butter from Brother Mountains Macadamias.

Darlinghurst parents can also enjoy a helping hand from the Darlo General as kids head back to school. The cafe's tuck shop offers $10 packed lunches which include a sandwich and two morning tea snacks for busy parents who may not have time to make lunch five days a week.

Taking things outside the realm of your usual cafe, Darlo General also stock an inspired collection of local home goods and gifts. On the shelves, you'll find pieces from Newport-based woodworker Rueben Bloom of Made by Rueben, body and bath products from Australian company Salus, homely ceramics, gingham totes and anything else you need to complete your homespun cottage aesthetic.

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