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Published July 23rd 2014
Old style corner stores' transformation to Tea House
As I was recently pondering on thoughts, it occurred to me that our Mothers used to send us up to the corner store to get the bread and milk and any other items that were required for the kitchen pantry. Corner stores had everything from one cent lollies we could purchase individually, cards of all kinds; birthday, anniversary, sympathy etc., knitting yarns and patterns, tinned food, fruit and vegetables, shoes polish, newspapers, cigarettes and ice-cream, all the goodies we now purchase from the big food chain stores.
Maddison Cottage, Maryborough - lunch and gifts all in the one place
It then dawned on me that 90% of them were all built on corners, hence the name 'corner store'. Why a corner? One comment I was given was that any structure built on a corner was far more noticeable than further down the road and this is quite logical. On further research, the local 'corner store' was a favourite in many towns Worldwide whether they were known as the general store, corner shop or corner store, they all were an essential part of any community Most owners lived in the back of the shop or a building attached to the shop. Sadly around the 1950's to 60's, larger chain stores took over the market and the smaller trader could not compete.
It is quite common today to see other types of businesses occupying the corner store and expanding their trade. One such place is "Maddison Cottage, Tea Roms, Décor, Furniture and Gifts" in Maryborough. Locals tell me the store was once Klump's Corner Store and has a history of its own etched in the mind of nearby locals.
Gifts and Homewares at Maddison Cottage, Maryborough
This quaint corner store has blossomed into a much sought have place for lunch 5-days a week and each Wednesday evening for dinner with nothing over $15. They are open Saturdays. Kerry & Jamie (Mother and Son) have run Maddison Cottage for five years and the Friday I visited at lunch, all tables were occupied. Specials on the menu included Chicken Curry Crepe and Beef Rendang Curry for $7.50 and Mango Macadamia Cheesecake for just $4.00.
Cane table & chairs create a homely atmosphere for lunch and dinner
Not only does Maddison Cottage serve meals and morning teas, they also sell a wonderful array of gifts and homewares for every occasion. Craft items are locally supplied with the other items being sourced from Melbourne and Sydney. Parking in the street is available at no cost to patrons.