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We never miss an opportunity to stock our van pantry with yummy organic treats. When we heard about Surfcoast Wholefoods we knew we had to pay them a visit. As soon as you walk in you are met with smiling faces and a huge range of fresh fruit and veggies, plus shelves stocked with organic muesli, nut butters, herbs, chocolate and vitamins. They also have books and an in store health clinic for those wanting a more in depth health chat.

Surfcoast Wholefoods is a fresh new take on your average health food store, it's now our go-to in Tourquay, a place where you can sit down and enjoy one of their amazing juices, coffees and yummy lunch treats. Then shop up a storm, stocking up on fresh grapes, kale or chocolate. If you are in Torquay or even if your not, get there, it is so worth visiting this vibing market and cafe.

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How did Surfcoast Wholefoods come to life?

Tim and I have both had a strong passion for healthy living and organics for a long time, but it was the birth of our first child that made us realise we wanted to devote our lives to living healthier and raising our children in the best environment possible. From this came a desire to share this information with as many around us as possible, so coupled with a desire to live by the ocean we looked for the place that seemed to need this type of store the most (& the place we wanted to live the most!)… and here we are!

What are some of the most important goals of your company?

Educating others by sharing our passion of healthy eating and living, and our love and respect for the environment. We hope to inspire people to make shifts towards living harmoniously with their bodies and their environment, to make conscious purchases that support both of these elements, and to live to their fullest potential.

What are some special attributes that make your business unique or different to other cafe's?

We use only certified organic produce and source as much as possible from local farmers. We offer foods for a range of food sensitivities and 'diets' such as gluten free, processed sugar free, dairy free, grain free and predominantly vegetarian / vegan. We also have a selection of Raw foods, which means food that is not heated beyond 45c, to maintain the maximum levels of nutrients and enzymes (the favourites are the raw "cheesecakes" which are all dairy and sugar free).

What were some of the greatest challenges getting Surfcoast Wholefoods off the ground?

It's a massive change in career paths for both of us, given that we've never run or owned a shop of any kind before, so there's been plenty of learning curves all round really. But thankfully we've had such amazing support from the local community who have literally welcomed us with open arms and been very forgiving for any initial oversights or mishaps we may have had!

What does the future hold for Surfcoast Wholefoods?

Expansion and lots of fine tuning! Our cafe menu is expanding by the week and doesn't look ready to settle down anytime soon. As are all the products we stock on the floor, it's amazing where we find the space to keep bringing in more! We're also holding more events such as educational movie nights, workshops and cooking demonstrations and more, as we focus more on becoming the health hub and educational centre that we truly hope to be.

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Tim and another happy customer.

Tim and another happy customer.

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Jess getting her dark chocolate fix sorted.

Jess getting her dark chocolate fix sorted.

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Get on the health train and check out their website and Facebook. If you can't make it to the store, they will deliver their products to you. Check them out through the links below.

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