Who would’ve thought… it figures
That immortal line by Alanis Morisette says it all for me. I have been a regular drive-past at the Aranda shops for near on ten years now, as both my kids have gone through primary school there. Forlorn, abandoned, crappy. Overrun by the activity at the nearby Jamison shops, which was nearly overrun by Belconnen Westfield and has only recently risen from the ashes. Almost everyday for ten years now I wished they would just do something with those shops, anything, but leave that hideous eyesore with broken windows and boarded-up doors. But what would you know, the irony of it, in September last year, just as I was about to farewell my youngest in year 6 to the big world of high school, a wee little pop up of a cafe opens at the Aranda shops. Not just The Juggernaut – for that’s what it’s called – but the super duper promise of so much more….
I’ll cut to the chase, exciting things are about to happen at the Aranda shops. And About Bloody Time.
My Mr Sunshine and I took the opportunity during school holidays to check out the cafe and have a snoop as the shops are being fitted out and setting up. We had coffee (me) and hot chocolate (him) with a slice of banana bread (to share). I’m not a fan of anything baked with banana in it, I find the flavour too intense. But after this beautiful toasted banana bread, I was sold. From what I can tell, most of the bakery menu is courtesy of A. Baker and I assume the banana bread is too. Quite simply, the Best Ever.
So, what will there be at the re-vamped Aranda shops? Apart from the TwoBeforeTen cafe, who are really close to opening a shop front (including roasting their own beans! OMG the aroma!)…
…there’ll be The Library, a place to relax and read and do stuff with the high-speed wifi they’ll have on offer.
And to go with that? A coffee or something stronger… (depending on the time of day), which brings me to
The Bar – or The Bolt Bar, named after Dirk Bolt, who created the original design concept for the Aranda Shops and funnily enough, they are not listed among his ‘notable buildings’ – not surprising – I don’t think it ended up how he planned…
The Bar will be, as it sounds, a bar and the sign on the door says it will be a gastro-bar, so my guess is that food will be involved.
Exciting things happening for locals who have waited so long for some action at the Aranda Shops. I, for one am excited. If you feel like the (very well worth it) visit to The Juggernaut, take the time to sign the book to get updates on how things are progressing. From the shape of the fit-out, I’d say things will be very soon be happening on Banambila Street in Aranda!