5 Reasons to Buy Local (and how Lane Cove Businesses Have Pivoted)

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Buying Local does not mean you can’t shop outside Lane Cove. It means where you can make the choice to shop local and support locally owned businesses that use local resources, employ locals and primarily service local customers.

Set out below is five reasons why to buy local.  Here are some examples of local businesses that have pivoted and are now providing online services, delivery, or click and collect.

Fit Lane Cove

Fit Lane Cove might be closed, but their online classes are a hit with their members.  This is what one Lane Cove Chat by ITC Member posted.


If you are a member in September, you could win.

BUDDY UP with FIT LANE COVE — Get moving to win! Register online today to WIN a Visa or Mastercard preloaded with $1,000.

This September, Fit Lane Cove are giving you and your gym buddy a purpose to commit. Complete one or all of their Challenges to help you stay motivated, strong, determined and will to show true commitment.

Commit to the challenge by messaging a gym buddy to get them excited about the challenge. No buddy? No worries, FIT will be your buddy!

Register yourself into the challenge and add your gym buddy’s name into your registration.

Choose one or all of the challenges to complete.

Keep your gym buddy (or us) on track by messaging, encouraging and supporting them every step of the way.

Every time you complete a daily, weekly or monthly goal, log your effort in the FIT Diary.

The Challenge starts September 1st 2021, and ends September 30th 2021.


Little Red Robin Restaurant

Little Red Robin had recently undergone refurbishment and was about to launch their new Italian menu when they had to close.  They are now offering fabulous dining at home packs (and so easy to make with the fresh pasta taking only minutes to cook).   Little Red Robin also runs Birdwood Cellars, and for Father’s Day, they are offering amazing wine hampers.

Their Father’s Day Gift Packs are now available for order online. We have gorgeous French wine, Whisky & Craft Beer packs paired with Riedel glassware and some gourmet food hampers.


Address:  4/85 Longueville Road, Lane Cove  (enter via Birdwood Lane)

Shorties Lane Cove

The ultimate Father’s Day gift pack make-at-home cocktails.

What more could Dad want?

Included in the pack for $80:

4 x Classic Margarita mix (inc. mango & passionfruit flavour)
1 x Cocktail Shaker
2 x Brick Lane beers
Plus some sweet @bricklanebrewing merchandise.

Preorder now limited packs available
All orders
📧[email protected]

Address:  Shop 1/96 Longueville Road  Lane Cove NSW
Website: Shortieslanecove
Instagram:  @ShortiesLaneCove
Email:  [email protected]

Lusso Kitchen

Lusso Kitchen at the Diddy has pivoted by offering special weekend meals with different cuisines every weekend (Fri – Sun).  They have taken their customers to Spain and Greece, and Morocco.  For Fathers Day, it is a trip to Italy.  Order here for Father’s Day weekend.


Address: Cnr Kenneth St & River Rd, Longueville NSW 2066
Phone: 0414 233 453
Facebook: @lussokitchenlc
Instagram: @lussokitchen

Lux Platters

Lane Cove local Pam is the extremely talented baker and creative behind Lux Platters and Cookies.  Usually, Pam would be flat out with corporate catering delivering Lux Platters to corporate events. Pam is now delivering antipasto boxes as well as beautiful bespoke cookies.  Check these out below and order now for Fathers Day.
Their special 2 person share antipasto box is $65, and 4-6 shares is $100. They are only delivering locally in the Lane Cove area on Sunday, 5th September, or you are welcome to collect up. Orders need to be in by Thursday 2nd Sept by email to [email protected]

Buying Local

Read our article on buying local here:

Lane Cove Fathers Day Dining and Food Guide

Lane Cove Local Eateries and Takeaway Guide

Lane Cove Sweet Treat Guide

Shop Online with Lane Cove Local Businesses

Lane Cove Health, Fitness and Wellness

Five Reasons to Buy Local

Buying Local Fosters Uniqueness

You can walk into any big shopping centre in Australia and see the same stores, but in Lane Cove, if you buy local, you can foster and preserve one of a kind businesses with a distinctive character. Lane Cove people place a high value on uniqueness and individuality. We have seen big chains come into Lane Cove and fail (how many suburbs can lay claim to the fact that McDonalds shut down in their suburb). It does not mean that we don’t like franchised stores. We have some fabulous franchised stores in Lane Cove, for example, Oliver Brown, Chargrill Charlies, and The Source Bulk Foods Lane Cove – they are part of a big group, but they are all owned by the families who work in the business and love being in Lane Cove.

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Support Your Local Community

Locally owned businesses support local groups. If you go to any local school fundraiser you will see that small local business donate the majority of the prizes. ITC speaks to local businesses every day, and they have told me that they are always happy to donate prizes when a customer asks, but if a stranger who has never shopped with them, walks in off the street and asks for a donation, they are less likely to donate. They want to help the people who buy from them.

Local Decision Making

A local store can easily source different and varied products; they do not have a buyer who sits in an office and does not interact with the customer.

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Local Owners Expertise and Knowledge

Local businesses have a greater interest in finding out about their customers. The owners are your neighbours, and their kids go to the local school.

Competition and Diversity

A local community with many small businesses is an ideal way to ensure innovation and competition. People vote with their wallets. That is not to say that Lane Cove does not have a large number of cafes and hairdressers. However, most of them are unique and are not part of a chain.

So next time you could buy something locally or at a big shopping mall, make the choice to shop local and help out your neighbours and your community. These people might be the people who give your kid a job on the weekend.

What is your favourite local store?



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