You can only really know a place once you have lived there. Whether it’s your favourite restaurant, a busker you stopped to listen to, or a bench you love the view from, we’re looking for people who want to share their neighbourhood with us.
We want to know your favourite things about your immediate neighbourhood. This could be anything: from something you pass every day on the way home, to something interesting you hope to see again. We’ll be choosing a different person from a different city each week to chat to us right here in our new Up My Street weekly feature. Last week we walked around Riley Street, Vancouver, this week we head down under.
Photography – Sven Kovak
Meet the Locals, Josh Fanning and Farrin Foster, Magazine Gallery
Recently, we’ve felt a real tug to visit Australia again. We’ve resisted so far, but it seems that everyday we come across something else incredible going on. Some of the music coming out of Australia is mind-blowing, the design scene similarly, and then there’s the magazines. We have a real soft-spot for properly passionate, indie, Aussie mags – Frankie, Monster Children, Collect, if you don’t know them, they’re well worth getting to know. Oz just seems to get magazines. Before we even had distribution for Boat Magazine in the UK, we had it in Australia. Co-founder of Collect Magazine, Josh Fanning and his girlfriend Farrin Foster run Magazine Gallery in Adelaide. In the daytime the space is a design studio and office, but at night it turns into a gallery, with cheap beer, and art that’s actually affordable, so that ‘art-lovers not just art-dealers’ can buy them. They also sell a nicely-curated shop of the World’s Best Magazines (including our very own title). Just as last week we wanted to move to Vancouver, this week we’re developing a crush on Adelaide. We asked Josh and Farrin to walk us around their streets.
Which neighbourhood (and city) do you live in?
We live in the South West Corner of Adelaide, near the Central Markets where all the fresh produce, meat and fish is delivered and sold to the city.
What is the name of your street?
Where do you spend most of your time?
Attached to this computer inside our business on Clubhouse Lane.
What is your favourite local business?
This is incredibly difficult. Through editing and distributing our magazine almost exclusively through owner-operated businesses in Australia we know so many. It depends how hungry or naked we are feeling, y’know? Or whether we want a good book to read. No – I think the business where we spend most of our time outside of our own is a little day-time-only restaurant (yes, they’re that good they don’t have to open at night) called Nano.
Where can you get the best local bargain?
We have op-shops in Australia which are really good for bargains. In particular a place called Savers is a newish sort of store that has more of a curated selection of odds and ends but we don’t mind paying for something that will last. It’s all about the economy of course.
Who is the most inspiring person in your neighbourhood?
Probably Josh Baker from the coffee shop near us. He’s built an absolute cracking business in just over a year and he’s always got a smile and brief conversation that is more energising even than his cups of delicious, delicious coffee.
Where is your favourite place to go on a sunny day?
We love to ride our bikes along the River Torrens to the ocean and have a beer at the surf life saving club at West Beach or Henley.
Where is your favourite place to go on a rainy day?
The Mercury Cinema.
What is your favourite secret place/thing?
It wouldn’t be a secret if we told you, now would it?
Where is your favourite place to eat?
We’ve got a few at the moment: the Korean Butcher on Pitt Street, Amalfi pizzeria on Frome, Nano of course, East Taste on Gouger and the various pop-up eateries and food trucks young people are doing in our city – check out: The Happy Motel and Burger Theory.
Where is your favourite place to drink?
The Exeter Hotel on Rundle street and Udaberri on Leigh.
Is there any street art in your neighbourhood you like (include a photo if possible)?
There’s a bunch of our friend’s work over the façade of our place.
What is your favourite memory since you have lived on your street?
Hmmm Alfred Street is a pretty quiet little alcove in the city. The favourite memory we have is that we get to overhear the conversations of the local pub’s patrons as our room overlooks their car park. It’s pretty funny hearing that brief snapshot of conversation between the pub doors and the car / taxi.
Photography – Sven Kovak
To see the Magazine Gallery and Collect Magazine for yourself visit www.collectmag.com.au/magazine-gallery