The Common Good Ethical Grocer
77 Church St, Hawthorn, VIC
03 9077 3431
There are four words that spring to mind when we hear The Common Good Ethical Grocer: local, organic, ethical and community.
These values underpin every aspect within The Common Good’s four walls, so you won’t need to look any further than this little shop on Church Street to fuel your body with fresh, local produce that’s good for you and gentle on the environment.
Husband-and-wife duo, Meneka Premkumar and John Currey, opened The Common Good in 2013, a er deciding to be a part of a solution that would allow people to feed themselves and their families with integrity, value and ethics.
The pair haven’t thought twice since turning their backs on the corporate world. John previously worked in business administration for the superannuation industry before spending a decade working in the social welfare and not-for-profit sector. Meneka worked in the business development of international education for a number of leading Australian universities. Their combined business acumen and passion for mainstreaming ethical consumption resulted in this wonderful venture.
‘At The Common Good you can be sure the shelves are stocked with the nest products that have been made with respect for people, animals and the planet.’
At The Common Good you can be sure the shelves are stocked with the nest products that have been made with respect for people, animals and the planet. John and Meneka have developed intimate relationships with their farmers, growers, producers and distributors to ensure only the best of the best appears in-store.
Upon arriving, be greeted by the team’s youngest member, John and Meneka’s five-year-old daughter, Indira. Once inside, you’ll be hard pressed to leave The Common Good without armfuls of your favourite household provisions. From specialty and seasonal goods to biodynamic, certified and non-certified organic products, rest assured that whatever you’re laden with is guaranteed to be friendly on animals and the environment.
Grab a basket on your way in and pick up your weekly fruit and vegetables, such as organic capsicums, apples or watermelon. There might be a minor blemish here or there, but that’s because the store is committed to selling seasonal, organic produce that hasn’t been tampered with. Pick up some nuts such as cashews or almonds, and bags of seeds, including pepitas and goji berries. Open one of the fridges to find almond or cows’ milk, locally sourced cheeses, natural yoghurt, dips and kombucha, or try something sweet with the selection of dairy-free ice creams.
From spaghetti sauce and lentils to beetroot chips and bread, The Common Good has everything you need to feed your family. It even stocks chemical free household products such as deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, and hand wash. There’s also a bookshelf full of recipe books, to inspire some creative culinary masterpieces.
Owned by locals, made for the locals, The Common Good is your one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need in the home. Shopping with a conscience has never been so easy.