Braddon is pumping. It’s pretty much your one stop shop. You can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse and then grab some groceries from the IGA on your way home. One problem: there is no IGA in Braddon!
If you live in Braddon, chances are you’re not happy that we don’t have a supermarket. I am one of those people.
Braddon has three liquor stores (four if you count the brand spankin’ new Bentspoke Brewery), a plethora of cafes and restaurants, some quirky homewares stores, an Officeworks and even an optometrist! You can buy a used car in Braddon and even get it washed on the way home but you can’t buy toilet paper or a box of Dilmah tea.
‘Don’t be so lazy, just walk to the Canberra Centre and go to Supabarn!,’ I hear you scream. I get this. Kind of. I often walk to Supabarn instead of driving (really, who wants to pay $73 to park at the Canberra Centre for eight minutes?) but if I’m hanging out on Lonsdale Street and I want to grab a few groceries on my way home, I don’t want to walk nearly a kilometre in the opposite direction. No one does. The Canberra Centre is the absolute pits, and on an icy cold day the last thing I want to do is walk a longer distance to get my hands on some decent groceries. Besides, if you’re walking back to Braddon with shopping bags your arms are going to get sore very quickly.
If you don’t want to walk to the Canberra Centre, your next option is to drive (or bike) to the IGA at either Ainslie or O’Connor, or make the trek to Dickson Woolworths which is it’s own special kind of hell.
I want quick. I want easy. I want convenience. Don’t try and tell me to go to one of Braddon’s four petrol stations. Convenience does not equal overpriced random branded ‘groceries’ from the 7-11 or the BP. The options available at petrol stations just don’t cut it.
Other IGAs in Canberra stock a decent variety of brands, including the delicious Lindsay and Edmunds chocolate – bonus points for stocking handmade chocolate entirely produced in Canberra! The only chocolate you’ll get at a petrol station is a squished Mars Bar or a semi intact Caramello Koala if you’re lucky.
Braddon is where it’s at. We have everything here and most of us are really cool. We desperately need an IGA though. Our O’Connor and Ainslie neighbours have had their own IGA for ages and we can’t deal with their bragging any longer.