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Published July 7th 2019
Not the same ol’, same ol’
Since 1969, the Everton Plaza Shopping Centre has been servicing locals as the go-to local shopping district in Everton Park just 9 kms from the CBD. After nearly 5 decades, the plaza has endured the wear and tear of long, hot Queensland summers, the foot traffic of time-poor shoppers, and a parade of creaky strollers, full to the brim prams and the after school push bikes of school students as it sat proudly along Stafford Road. It had become a touch tired and weary after all those years and all those visitors and was calling out for a bit of glamour.
Well, Everton Plaza has awoken this winter to reveal a slick transformation to give it a facelift and bring it along to create a new era of clients and to match today's modern living community needs.
Since re-launching at the end of June 2019, Everton Plaza mark 2 capitalises on and has repurposed the single-level design and the existing laneways from its original design and added a cool hospitality and foodie hub with a Melburnian flavour. Meet Park Lane at Everton Plaza.
The centrepiece in the design are the laneways. That's right, laneways leading to flavoursome eateries, restaurants and cafes in Everton Park all winding to form a foodie trail throughout the Centre.
The aim of the new laneway precinct, which is known as Park Lane, is to provide a new dining precinct which the creators, property development firm Reds Group believe is missing from the inner northern suburbs.
Let's take a look at some of the new residents who have moved into Park Lane to bring the va va voom to the new look Everton Plaza:
First coffee, of course. The red star of the Stellarossa logo announces that the coffee chain is one of the newest arrivals at Everton Plaza.
There was a healthy crowd of locals stopping by for a Park Lane Food experience at Stellarossa on the morning of my visit. With indoor and outdoor seating in an L Shape, covered verandah, there was lots of room for everyone. Tables were well spaced apart so there wasn't a feeling of overcrowding or noisiness. French wicker chairs give a French inspired flair and a hedge planted garden surrounding the curbside against brown and white striped cushions add a stylish, comfortable look.
Wall heaters and overhead fans make sure customers have a comfortable dining experience from any elements of the weather
With a menu boasting an all-day breakfast (from $12.90), burgers and sandwiches ($14.90-15.90), pizza and pastas ($12.90-$14.90) and a bambini menu ($9.90) for the little ones alongside its own Stellarossa coffee blend, it is likely to satisfy a post-shopping break.
The staff are upbeat, friendly and welcoming and keen for visitors to enjoy their dining experience at their latest store. That always matters and they delivered.
The Neighbourhood Market Co.
After finishing our breakfast, we wandered through the Neighbourhood Market Company located right next door. This gourmet grocery store has rows and rows of fresh sourced fruit and produce, a delicatessen with hams, cheeses, and an assortment of accompaniments.
The range of Pukka teas, as well as the spices from Spice and Co, caught my eye as did the wooden breadboards hanging beside the deli to make the preparation process a little more fancy and fun. The fruit and vegetables definitely took centre stage though and I found some yellow Candy Fruit which isn't a fruit I remember seeing regularly at the supermarket fruit section.
To say thank you for its regular customers, the Neighbourhood Market Co has a free loyalty app which can be downloaded to revive points and see its latest specials. Just scan in store to receive 3 points for every $10 spent. Once you have accumulated over 100 points, you are rewarded with $10 off your next purchase. Nice
The re-development of Everton Plaza and the emergence of the Park Lane laneways is a wonderful, unexpected surprise. It certainly offers so much more to the shopping experience of Everton Park and a new vibrancy to the area. Well done Everton Plaza. May a new era in shopping add to the next chapter of the Centres' story.