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June 6, 2016
Commerce

Main Street Week on Goodwood Road: Two Sisters

CityMag is back in the ‘burbs and this time we’re getting to know the people and places of Goodwood Road. First up, Nicole Sheehan takes us through Two Sisters Food and Wine.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Josh Geelen

“Goodwood Road has got that arty, vintage, eclectic vibe. Not many other streets have it,” co-owner of Two Sisters Food and Wine, Nicole Sheehan, says.

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CityMag is spending the next five days on Goodwood Road. These profiles are part of a series called Mainstreet Week, where we look into the past, present and future of Adelaide’s highest profile strips

Two Sisters Food and Wine is open Thursday – Saturday from 4pm and on Sundays from 3pm. Find them at 135 Goodwood Road, Goodwood. For more info and upcoming events, visit their Facebook page.

The venue Nicole has created with sister Kelly-Ann Clarken seems to be the perfect distillation of all the qualities she recognises in the area.

As a business owner along the street for the last 15 years, she’s always enjoyed being among the Goodwood community, but saw a gap in what was being offered to locals.

“It’s something a little bit quirky, it’s a little bit different to your normal. I think it’s got some heart and soul to it,” she says of the Two Sisters space.

“There’s nothing like this in the area. There’s nowhere you can go and get a drink, a glass of wine, cheese, [a] cocktail – apart from The Goody.

“People feel comfortable just to come in here and have a glass of wine… We’ve got quite a few ladies that might just pop in on their way home from work and have a glass of wine.

“They feel really comfortable in the space, so it’s quite friendly.”

As an experience, Two Sisters feels like a small bar – a continuation of the CBD trend into the southern suburbs – but for the purposes of licensing and thanks to its strong food offering, it is a restaurant – something Nicole accepted after some tribulations.

“We paid rent here for six months before we were actually able to open,” she says.

“We tried to get a licence and got rejected because basically we’re almost like a small venue, but [small venue licences] are only available in the CBD, so I’m actually a restaurant now.”

Sure, but a restaurant with a great South Australian food, craft beer and wine selection, and a focus on community – something Nicole says is perhaps the most important thing she can bring into the shop from the wider Goodwood Road precinct.

“We know everyone by name, we know what drinks they want, what food they want to order,” she says.

“All of the produce I use, I mainly source it from Goodwood Road as well; so all of our meats are from the butcher, all our fruit and veg is from the fruit and veg shop, all of our bread is from Boulangerie, so we’re really using the local suppliers on Goodwood Road. It’s that real sense of community.

“The people that live in this area… like to know where their food’s come from, where their wine’s come from, but they especially like to support the local.”

There’s palpable warmth in the way Nicole describes the people of Goodwood, and it seems as though the feeling is mutual.

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