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Marcia's on Montague

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Published June 13th 2019
One-stop shopping for organics, gifts, and home
My first venture into Marcia's on Montague was a sensory overload and I mean that in a positive way. As I pushed open the red door on the pumpkin painted concrete building, I stopped for a moment to take in the mind-boggling display of kitchen paraphernalia, homewares and decor, giftware, and baby goods. Around the corner was a cosy cafe and downstairs was a dedicated organics section (which was the drawcard for me).

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You won't miss seeing the shopfront on Montague Road, West End. Photo by author.

Like the rest of the store, the organics section was brimming with products. Here, it was fresh, raw, refrigerated, and preserved organic foods such as spices, wild rice, dried fruit and nuts, biodynamic rice, quinoa flakes, coconut flour, maca powder, carob powder, Celtic sea salt, condiments, honey, maple syrup, navy beans, black turtle beans, root crops, leafy greens, and fruit.

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A 20% discount is offered every Wednesday on fresh organic fruit and veg. Photo by author.

Marcia's Montague West End organic food bulk
Stacks of organic food to choose from. Photo by author.

The non-perishables included eco-friendly cleaning products, composting pails, ceramic filtered water urns, kombucha pots, probiotic cultures, baby goods, books, and personal care products.

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Ceramic water urns and kambucho pots. Photo by author.

They also carry bulk supplies where you can bring your own containers to fill up laundry liquid, shampoo, conditioner, and dishwashing detergent, extra virgin olive oil, tamari sauce, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey.

Marcia's Montague West End organic bulk food supplies
Bring in your own bottles and containers to fill up on bulk supplies. Photo by author.

I had a chat about the store with Gabrielle Evans, who manages the organics section and is the daughter of proprietor Marcia. Gabrielle had lived in France and on her return to Brisbane had many conversations with friends and family about her experience there. It was during such discussions that she was encouraged to open up the organics business. The idea of the store was influenced by the French markets where there is a direct connection between farmers, growers, artisans, and their customers. Inspired by this, Gabrielle sources her supplies from as many local makers and growers as possible.

With her husband's and father's help, the storeroom at the back of the building was converted into the organics space and opened for business in December 2013. Now, over five years on, Gabrielle has seen organics become more accepted and mainstream. Also, in the minds of consumers, "organic" is now distinguishable from "gourmet" foods. As people are being more aware of low food miles, environmental degradation, and toxic ingredients in personal care items and in the home, a one-stop shop like Marcia's on Montague is one to keep in mind.

The store is open seven days a week and has ample parking on Montague Road and Beesley Streets with an additional entry to the store from Beesley Street.
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Why? Live cleaner and be kinder to the environment
Phone: 3846 3988
Where: 325 Montague Road, West End, Queensland 4101
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by May on 25/06/2018
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