Con’s Fine Foods inducted into The City Awards Hall of Fame

One of the Adelaide Central Market’s oldest stalls has been inducted into The City Awards Hall of Fame.

Continental small goods retailer Con’s Fine Foods was among 12 businesses recognised in the annual awards — jointly run by The Advertiser and Adelaide City Council.

Other winners included Coffylosophy (Best Coffee), Da Gianni Barbers (Best Hair & Beauty) and El Cheeky Flamingo (Best Small Bar).

Long-serving Con’s Fine Food manager Alex Savvas, 53, said it was a honour for the stall – opened by his father, Con, in 1959 – to be named in the awards.

Mr Savvas, who started working at the market when he was 17, said Con’s was built on a philosophy of always putting its customers first.

“It’s about personal service, not just customer service,” he said.

“You have got to get to know your customers and treat them like your friends.

“You also must always have a good quality product for them every time they come back.”

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Con's manager Alex Savvas and long serving employee Zena Ferraro at the Adelaide Central Market. Picture: Tom Huntley

Mr Savvas said he enjoyed working at the market, where he regarded many other stallholders like his family.

“Every morning about 10 to 15 of us get together, have a coffee, a laugh and chew the fat, then we get to work,” he said.

“That’s what makes this place unique.

“We all want shopping here to be an experience, where people come, have something to eat, get what they need.

“We don’t want it to be like a supermarket where you go in, buy your stuff and walk out.

“We want our customers to become our friends, our family.”

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Hutt St cafe owner Harsh Mehta at Coffylosophy. Picture: Colin James

Coffylosophy owner Harsh Mehta said he and his wife, Sneha, also treated regular customers at their Hutt St cafe like friends.

Mr Mehta, the recipient of the Best Coffee award, said it was important to “keep it simple” when it came to customer service.

“You have got to keep people coming back so you treat them well, make them feel welcome, make it feel like another home for them, keep up your standards and make great coffee,” he said.

Like other business owners across the state, Mr Mehta, who migrated from India 15 years ago, said it had been a difficult year because of the pandemic but he believed things were starting to improve.

“I believe Adelaide is the best city in Australia by miles and the safest city, and it is only getting better,” he said.

“Now we really have to bank on that and take it to even greater heights.”

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Little Khmer Kitchen owner SreymomLund (centre) with staff Naret Duk and Phea Kha in the Central Market Arcade. Picture: Tom Huntley

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor congratulated all award winners and finalists, who were chosen from a record 224 nominations.

“These awards recognise the extraordinary businesses that make our city unique, many of which have done it so tough this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

Ms Verschoor said, like most capital cities, many of city businesses relied on office workers “buying coffees and lunches and shopping in their stores”.

“Therefore, they have struggled with loss of foot traffic due to people working from home and changing restrictions,” she said.

“Bringing people back to our city is essential for business getting back on its feet.”

Ms Verschoor said the council was continuing to explore ways to provide further assistance and support to businesses.

“Council understands and appreciates how important our local businesses are to our economy.”

The awards were announced during a virtual ceremony because of COVID-19.

2020 The City Award winners

Best Attraction/Experience

The David Roche Foundation House

Best Coffee

Coffylosophy

Best Dining Experience

Little Khmer Kitchen

Best Hair & Beauty

Da Gianni Barbers

Best Health & Wellbeing

The Simple Everyday

Best New Business

Day Job

Best Small Bar

El Cheeky Flamingo

Best Small Retailer
House of Health Collective

Adelaide Artisan Award

Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier Rundle Street

Hall of Fame

Con’s Fine Food

Best Reconnected Business

Adventure Rooms

Best Reimagined Business

Antica Pizzeria CBD

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