Pizza Fritta: A centuries-old first for Sydney

By Tess Scholfield-Peters New Italian joints are popping up weekly in postcode 2010, and you won’t hear any complaints from us. The latest to open its doors is Crown Street’s Pizza Fritta 180 by Via Napoli’s Luigi Esposito, whose Neapolitan flash-fried pizza is a first for Sydney. Anyone who was out and about in Surry […]

Actors performing on a stage

Brand X back in action

Since 2005 Brand X has been on a mission to convert Sydney’s disused and vacant spaces into creative havens. Their collection of subsidised spaces gives artists the chance to rehearse, record, perform and build their creative enterprises, but due to Covid-19, all Brand X venues and programs were forced to shut down. “We lost customers […]

Ian Underwood – TITLE Store

What’s in a Title?

by Tess Scholfield-Peters TITLE Store’s Ian Underwood is at home amongst the records, books and film collections of the Crown Street store. He floats between the shelves and answers questions from browsing customers with ease and enthusiasm, as if it were his personal collection they were perusing. “I’ve spent my entire adult life in the […]

Andrew Hoyne

Meet the local place-visionary

By Tess Scholfield-Peters  Andrew Hoyne is the principal of Hoyne, Australia’s leading corporate and retail branding agency. The agency celebrates its 28th year this year, having won over 350 awards locally and internationally since its inception.  Surry Hills is the embodiment of a diverse community, according to Andrew. It’s true; there isn’t another community in […]


James from Brix Distillers

By Tess Scholfield-Peters  Rum has been a part of our culture since the conception of modern Australia. From the first settlers using it as currency, to it being outlawed and then traded on the black market, rum has a century-old history that is very much alive today.  Australians have grown up with rum, yet many […]

Adam Haddow

Adam Haddow

On transforming Surry Hills Shopping Village  By Tess Scholfield-Peters  Adam is the director of SJB Architects on Crown Street, and has lived and worked in the area for eighteen years. His passion for unifying urban and natural environments is evident in his award winning and globally acclaimed Cleveland Street apartment. We spoke to Adam about […]


City of Sydney Grants for Small Business

The City of Sydney is now offering small business grants for projects that fall into 4 categories – business, environment, cultural and community. The new program aims to strengthen Sydney’s competitiveness, improve productivity and capacity, and promote business opportunities. The business support grant provides matched support for businesses, property owners and non-profit organisations to increase […]