Collaboration between Armadale businesses to be highlighted at City sundowner

Gavin Tuatahi Grace and Bean Thru owners Kerriann and Steve Larsen. Picture: Jon Hewson d478795
Gavin Tuatahi Grace and Bean Thru owners Kerriann and Steve Larsen. Picture: Jon Hewson d478795

ARMADALE businesses are joining forces with local not-for-profit organisations and community groups to lend a helping hand.

Best known for their coffee, local cafe Bean Thru had only just moved into their Jull Street home when they connected with Seville Grove’s Gavin Tuatahi Grace, the director of the Resilient Friends Club and its Art vs Depression initiative.

Bean Thru owner Steven Larsen said as a local business they felt it was a welcome responsibility to do something to help organisations that helped the wider community.

“Even though Armadale is a city, we knew it was a close knit community,” he said.

“While we don’t live locally, we choose to do business locally and we felt it our duty to get involved with community organisations such as Gracey’s.”

Mr Grace said the partnership had been beneficial for his organisation and members.

“I have all my meetings at Bean Thru, and let people know all about our partnership,” he said.

“I appreciate Bean Thru’s sense of community and it is vital for other business to do the same.

“Business has a big part to play in the community.”

This partnership will be put in the spotlight as a success story at the City of Armadale’s upcoming Connecting Business and Community sundowner.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the sundowner was part of the Growing Armadale initiative and looked to help create many more partnerships between community organisations and local businesses.

He said the local branches of Bendigo Bank, Grand Cinemas and Satterley would be at the event to discuss their own involvement and partnerships.

The free Connecting Community and Business sundowner is on March 14 from 5pm to 7.30pm at The Dale.

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