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Five of the newest local businesses

By Scott Stephens

One of the perks of spending thirty years or so in the commercial and retail industry here on the Lower North Shore is being the first to know about new businesses cropping up in the community. So, I’m going to let you in on the latest.

Here are five vibrant new businesses that have recently opened or are soon to open in our patch. They’re all clients of Ray White Commercial Sydney North because we’ve helped find them a “home” – so to speak – or a shopfront in Mosman, Cremorne and across the Lower North Shore. Make sure you check them out and show them your support.


Get groceries delivered to your door in less than 10 minutes. The premise of Milkrun is convenience. Their shelves are stocked with all the standard products and produce we need day-to-day, with well known brands, all at regular retail prices.

Their produce is sourced directly from Australian farmers and it’s then delivered to you via electric bike (meaning there’s plenty of opportunities too for those who need a little extra pocket money).

Their shopfront is a prime retail space in a corner position in a landmark Mosman building on around 400sqm with massive double street frontage to Military and two residences above.

You will find this business through their app available on the App Store or Google Play and they are based out of their Mosman location on 556-568 Military Road.

I tried it out last week and had milk delivered to my door in nine minutes, plus a packet of Tim Tams which I probably didn’t need. butter

This business is equal parts delicious and inspiring. It’s the second business for the formidable local Sophia Ly. She’s just rented from us a commercial kitchen on Military Road, Neutral Bay and this business offers a selection of ready to bake at home pastries delivered to your door!

Growing up in a Thai refugee camp as the youngest of ten children, Sophia has developed a level of resilience and a work ethic that proved potent during the pandemic. While raising her children alone after being widowed, she launched Nosh Plus and it went gangbusters during lockdowns. Now, she’s opened a new business called butter.

Sophia’s mum fled Cambodia just after Pol Pot because she feared it may happen again. Pol Pot was a Cambodian revolutionary and politician who governed Cambodia as the Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea between 1975 and 1979. He sought to eliminate anyone that was well-educated and Sophia’s mum speaks French, Vietnamese and Chinese, so she was a prime target.

With no savings, Sophia purchased the Nosh Plus business from relatives several years ago and while the first years were tough, during the pandemic she grew it from a solo operation to employing 16 staff producing 2800 pastries each week baked freshly on the hour.

Their signature product is the butter croissant made with New Zealand butter and locals can order online a selection of pastries to simply proof and bake at home. If you can’t wait that long, grab a freshly baked croissant, cinnamon scroll, or danish or even have them organise catering for your next event. Some of the delicacies include sweet and savoury pastries, freshly baked baguettes, sandwiches, lemon drizzle cake and seasonal fruits.

Sophia’s once named Nosh Plus now also renamed butter is located at 49B Spofforth St, Mosman.

Wildly Illuminating

Genevieve Wild has a passion for the beauty and science behind lighting design owing to her time as an in-house lighting designer for a prestigious Italian lighting manufacturer. Her business, Wildly Illuminating, specialises in high end residential, retail and exterior lighting on Australian projects in urban, country and waterfront locations.

This is a dynamic, young, independent, creative architectural lighting design practice. So whether the project is retail, luxury private residence, hospitality or landscape and exterior facade, Genevieve and her team will endeavour to find the lighting solution to enhance the space.

Visit the showroom at Shop B, 330 Miller Street Cammeray.

Niche Mosman

This young couple from the Northern Beaches knows food. Head chef Andrew comes from a long line of foodies dating back before the Korean War. His grandmother was one of Korea’s highest acclaimed chefs while his grandfather was the head chef of one of Korea’s most prestigious hotels.

He and his wife Lynn own and operate the popular organic breakfast and lunch haunt 5 Loaves 2 Fish cafe. The all new, Niche Mosman, is an extension of that theme where you can also enjoy a dinner menu of Asian tapas dinner menu with an explosion of flavour in each bite (and a creative cocktail menu).

They have just opened at 5/713-715 Military Road, Mosman.

House of Lox

It was a delight to find a Cremorne home for Larissa and her team of expert hair stylists. They’re already successfully established in Darlinghurst, and have just opened in the Gold Coast.

She’s the sort of business owner who settles for nothing less than perfection and their team have an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. I know they’ll be very successful on the Lower North Shore.

Open late several days a week and Saturdays, you can fit in an appointment after work. House of Lox Cremorne salon has just relocated to 75A Parraween Street, which is pretty much Military Road.

Wishing these new businesses in their new shopfronts the very best for the future. Meanwhile, if you either need assistance finding a home for your business or have a retail or commercial asset you’d like to maximise, I’m only a phone call away.

Scott Stephens, Director of Retail & Commercial, LREA
Ray White Commercial Sydney North
0409 960 006

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