A discovery of the St Andrews village

Words by Della Vreeland

A one hour drive north-east of Melbourne, St Andrews is a small rural township that is characterised by its lush native bushlands and charming village aesthetic.

While its bustling weekly market acts as one of its major drawcards, the town is fast becoming known as an all-around hub of creativity, with a range of boutique businesses showcasing the versatility of talent and wonder inherent within. We give you a glimpse of exactly what this quaint community has to offer travellers with this specially curated itinerary.

Mornington to welcome Oasis grocery & bakery

Words by Gwen Luscombe
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It’s been a Murrumbeena icon for nearly 25 years before opening a second location in Fairfield back in 2018. Now Oasis, the hugely popular Middle Eastern grocery and bakery is opening its doors to a third, super-sized location on the Mornington Peninsula in mid-May.

Taking residence where Target once stood in the Mornington Central Shopping Centre, the brand-new store is part of a large refurbishment of the centre. It’s also set to bring all homemade products including dips and salads, ready to eat meals Lebanese pizzas, nuts, spices and other cooking ingredients that have made Oasis oh-so-popular over the decades.

While the Mornington location won’t have the on-site café that both Murrumbeena and Fairfield do, you can expect a much larger store than the others at close to 700 square metres, with a range of over 8,000 grocery products. Oasis Mornington is also dedicated to focussing on food that showcases and supports local producers, so you can also expect everything from fresh produce to local beer, wines, cheeses and more.

Since the opening of the first Oasis in the late ’90s, Emad and Marwa Makool began a three-generational legacy of enthusiastically supporting patrons with one of the city’s finest Middle Eastern food stores.

General manager, Ely Makool says the Oasis ethos goes well beyond simply delivering delicious eats. They’re focused on doing it while operating sustainably.

“Being able to set up a store from scratch has given us an opportunity to invest in the latest cooking equipment, LED light fittings, water loop refrigeration system and ultra-efficient air conditioning system, to maximise energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Oasis Mornington will change the way the local community, shops, eats and socialises. Oasis is excited to be able to share the same hospitality and food that we’ve become known for with the Mornington community.

WHAT: Oasis Mornington
WHERE: 78 Barkley Street, Mornington