Family-run businesses that make the QVB feel like home
You may not have realised the QVB is home to a number of family businesses, many of which have become an integral part of the fabric that makes up this beloved and historic building. From a proud and long-standing chocolatier to Sydney’s foremost expert in quality produce, here are the family businesses that continue to enrich and delight customers both loyal and new.
The Parisi family tale begins back in 1954 with a traditional fruit and vegetable store founded by Tony and Bob Parisi. It quickly found success and built a reputation for an exquisite selection of produce. In the ’80s, Tony’s sons Dominic, Chris and John took it upon themselves to grow the brand – and that they did in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs for 29 years until the three second-gen brothers retired.
It was Chris Parisi’s son Julian, who decided to encourage his father out of retirement and back into the business. Today, the business is the supplier to Sydney’s most prestigious restaurants and operates what it calls ‘health bars’, including one in the QVB – serving fresh juices, gourmet salads and chocolate-dipped fruit, as well as coffee.
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