In the last few days a new shop has opened that’s within walking distance from where I live called Scoop Wholefoods. It’s situated almost at Mosman Junction on Spit Road but the shop goes all the way through to the rear lane where you can enter Bridgepoint Shopping Centre. So it’s in a great location for shoppers because it’s easily accessed by both people shopping on foot or those who have parked under the shopping centre.
Scoop Wholefoods has an interesting shopping concept. The team at Scoop believes in lessening our carbon footprint so therefore packaging is minimal. Nothing in the store has been pre-packaged. All products are sourced in bulk then placed in clear plastic containers.
Customers are given brown paper bags in a range of sizes and a pen and when you decide on the product you want to buy you write the product code onto the outside of the bag then use the provided scoop to fill the bag with as much of the item as needed.
I think this is a terrific idea because you can purchase only as much or as little as you need and subsequently not have all those annoying leftovers sitting in your pantry clogging up space with no clue as to what you will do with them.
Scoop Wholefoods offers a wide variety of raw, organic and natural wholefoods that have been sourced from Australia and New Zealand. Every effort is made to ensure the products come from ethical and sustainable sources.
The shop was buzzing when I was there with everyone embracing this new way of shopping (although I’m sure this is how everyone used to shop back in the days of Little House on the Prairie or The Walton’s).
There’s a great range of ancient grains like barley and farro, dried fruits, flours, chocolate and carob-coated goodies, spices, cereals, teas and pastas and a lot of gluten-free items as well.
There’s oils and vinegars and the idea is that you first buy either the oil or the vinegar in a bottle then when empty, you bring the bottle back to have it re-filled, saving packaging and money. They have a lovely organic extra virgin olive oil in the store and I’m going to buy it in this way.
I had a lot of fun browsing around the store and couldn’t leave without buying a few things so I bought a jar of freshly made peanut butter (nothing in there but the nuts!) some dark chocolate-coated almonds, a couple of lengths of spelt licorice, some carob-coated aniseed rings and black peppercorns (because our pepper grinders seem to always be on empty).
This is their first store and if it goes well I’m sure they’ll open many more.
Scoop Wholefoods: 14 Spit Road, Mosman Ph: 02 8065 3400
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