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FOR TASTY MORSELS AND MEALS,
VISIT THE LESBIAN OWNED AND
OPERATED SUCCULENT. LOTL
DROPPED IN FOR COFFEE.
In a wedge-shaped space on King Street,
Kel and Janenne (pictured) – partners
in business and in life – have created
a wholesome refuge from the frenetic
bustle of Newtown. The funky, self-
decorated space brims with life – from the
striking female portraits by artist Jennifer
England, to the eponymous succulents
of all shapes and sizes potted by former
horticulturalist Kel and available for sale.
Janenne and Kel have been together
three years, and spent a year planning the
business which has been up and running
for three months. Kel does the majority
of cooking, providing many vegetarian
options. Special dietary requirements can
“I love our customers. We have the most
beautiful regular clientele,” says Janenne
with a dazzling smile. “Many of them
are lesbians but they’re attracted by more
than the dykes serving the food. We’re
really relaxed and we make them feel
Business has exceeded their expectations.
“On weekends we have to turn people
away – and they come back!” says Kel.
The girls work hard to build this loyal
following working 12 to 14 hour days
seven days a week. It’s a luxury to take
a day off once a fortnight. How long can
they go on at this pace? The plan is to
work hard and then have a baby each.
In this way, the menu seems prophetic:
there’s succulent kids’ offerings and
dykes with tykes must drop in for a
Bubba Choca Chino and Googy Egg. For
the weary Sapphic shopper or hung over
clubber the hearty breakfast, lunch and
snack menu is just the ticket. For thirsty
girls there are milkshakes, smoothies and
fresh juices. Prices are reasonable (“We’re
not out to make a fortune”), and Janenne
and Kel always greet you with a smile.
Succulent, 534 King Street Newtown Ph
(02) 9519 8418. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm Sat
& Sun 8am-5pm.
Photo: Tom Fairweather.
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