As published in The Q Review Autumn 2020 Magazine. Follow the link to Subscribe and receive your FREE copy each quarter!
Introducing The Little Shop of Plenty and its proud owners, Kim Bourne and Mark Abbott
The Little Shop of Plenty is an iconic Maylands destination, and café of choice for Perth’s health conscious diners. With a commitment to nutritious and satisfying food and drink, ‘Plenty’ is considered a “safe place” for plant-based & gluten free food lovers who are dedicated to healthy living.
Kim Bourne and Mark Abbott are the proud owners and operators, and this May will be celebrating five years in business.
Humble beginnings included the conversion of an auto electrician’s workshop on a shoestring budget, with the support of a small business loving family.
food is complemented with a lovingly curated list of natural wines and small batch craft beers
Now this health focused licensed café is a true testament to the dedication of its owners.
The journey has not been without its challenges, but there is no denying that when you believe in something, and you are willing to do the work, the rewards will come.
This includes staying true to the belief that eating fresh, natural wholefoods is the key to feeling & looking great, while recognising that everyone is different and has different requirements.
A completely plant-based diet might not be for every body, but we all can gain from eating more wholesome veggie meals and cutting the refined sugars.
‘Plenty’ is not exclusively for vegans!
Instead, the focus is on creating innovative and flavoursome plant-based meals to dispel the myth that healthy food is less pleasurable to eat. The food is complemented with a lovingly curated list of natural wines and small batch craft beers.
While serving alcohol might not be considered part of the health movement, sharing good wine and food with loved ones brings its own sense of wellbeing.
Kim says …
“If folks are going to enjoy a drink, the better choice is something ‘clean’, without all the additives used in mainstream wine & beer making.”
The inclusive ethos also means that farmer direct dairy milk and organic eggs are available as options so friends and family with less dietary demands can still enjoy the inviting atmosphere.
Kim and Mark first came to CapitalQ back in 2016, a year after opening their doors.
“Financially things were quite stressful, we had been let down by not one, but two previous accountants. But we haven’t looked back as CapitalQ helped get our books up to date and in order, enabling us to stabilise the business and begin to grow. CapitalQ also helped us develop our own record keeping skills, ensuring we can keep costs down while improving the quality of information available to us.”
“Ultimately, CapitalQ provided us with peace of mind about our business and our finances!”
Plant-based eating has seen a boost in popularity recently and for the most part Kim and Mark believe that is a good thing. But there is still a lot of misleading information out there.
So ‘Plenty’ also run regular events with qualified health consultants.
Whether you are a dedicated healthy eater, or just curious to see healthy eating done deliciously, we highly recommend you get along to The Little Shop of Plenty, at 217 Railway Parade, Maylands, for a feel-good experience.
Offerings and Hours at “Plenty” During the Pandemic Lockdown
“The Little Shop of Plenty is still open and trading at this time, but in respect to the COVID-19 protocols we are only providing our wholesome, plant based food & beverage for take away. To reduce your waiting time, you can SMS ahead to put your order in 0499 754 656.
As always our in store ‘grab & go’ fridge has an array of fresh, healthy, gluten free goodies for you… cold pressed juices, kombuchas, nut milks, coconut yoghurt, fruit parfaits, salads & Plant Food Boxes, plus now we are ramping this up with lots of your favourites from our menus such as tubs of fresh avocado & lime smash, cashew creme fraiche, nut cheeses, sauerkraut & kim chi, paleo bread, raw pizza bases and bulk chickpea & pumpkin curry which you can reheat at home.
We are currently also working on an online store for ordering prepaid supplies to be ready for quick pick up and delivery — with the help of some wonderfully big-hearted volunteers — so those in quarantine isolation can have the nourishment they need dropped off at their door… bear with us, it will take a few days to organise, but will be coming soon!
Any questions, please get in touch via the contact page… Hope you are staying safe & taking care of yourselves and loved ones now more than ever! Much love from Kim, Mark & the Plenty family!
Plenty current opening hours are as follows:⠀
Cafe open for coffee, smoothies, porridge and ‘grab & go fridge’ (kitchen closed)…⠀
Monday to Friday: 7am – 1pm⠀(Closed Anzac Day Monday Public Holiday)
Saturday: 7am – 1pm⠀
Sunday: 8am – 1pm⠀
Cafe & Kitchen open for take away meals including burgers, bowls, curries, booze…
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 8pm (Closed Anzac Day)
Kim and Mark”