Sometimes we can be fortunate in life in the connections that we make, to meet people who influence us and introduce us to a whole new world. In my life, Simon Johnson has been one such influence. One of my first jobs in food was working for Simon on Saturday mornings. Through that wonderful experience, I had some of my first introductions to artisan cheese and so much more, to the beautiful Mariage Freres teas, and to exquisite quality products. I’ve always been grateful.
So it was a pleasure and a privilege to catch up again with him this week, at the Simon Johnson pop up launch party, for his first store in the CBD. All in the best taste of course, with gin and tonics flowing, and the Sydney food industry out in force. It’s a great space with a lovely array of the best from his range. And located on Level 7 of MLC it’s in such a handy location.
The Simon Johnson pop up will focus on stylish, clever ideas for gifts and entertaining for the festive season, such as the brand new range of Simon Johnson hampers, which will launch in store on October 17. The hampers are a perfect way to spoil friends, family and corporate colleagues; from the ‘Celebrate’ hamper with its stunning array of indulgences from the finest nougat to artisan vinegars to the ‘All Organic’ hamper featuring Simon Johnson’s unique selection of organic oils, vinegars, pastas, sauces and chocolate. There’s also Simon’s personal favourite, Drinks at 6 which includes Hendrick’s Gin, pomegranate and elderflower tonic and elegant nibbles.
Few names are as iconic or as revered in Australia’s food industry as Simon Johnson. An importer and purveyor of exceptional ingredients from around the country and the globe, Simon Johnson opened his first store in Sydney’s Pyrmont in 1992. The Pyrmont store was joined by further six stores in Sydney and around Australia and in 2005, by a flagship emporium, the Providores’ Market in Alexandria. This launch of the pop up store is the first time the Simon Johnson offering will be available in the heart of the city.
Says Simon of the collaboration with the MLC centre: “We are thrilled to be able to open in a seasonal store in this wonderful MLC Centre. The festive season is our favourite time of year at Simon Johnson and we’re really excited to be able to showcase the Simon Johnson range to city folk. It’s the perfect site for food lovers in the CBD to check out our summer entertaining and gift ideas”.
The store was opened on the 2nd of October 2013 and run until the 27th of December.
Pop-up store opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Store contact number: 0420 675 493