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LO­CAL busi­ness sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness is at the heart of what Brinx Deli does, stock­ing ev­ery­thing from rel­ishes to drinks from across the Gran­ite Belt while serv­ing lo­cal pro­duce on their cafe’s menu.

Owner Kristy O’Brien is ob­vi­ously do­ing some­thing right, as she just cel­e­brated her cafe’s sev­enth birth­day – and what bet­ter present than the reader’s choice award from Aus­tralian Good Food Guide.

It’s the sec­ond time Ms O’Brien has won the award but she said it was still just as spe­cial.

“With any award you’re a bit ex­cited,” Ms O’Brien said.

“You’re get­ting recog­nised for some­thing that you’re do­ing so it’s al­ways a nice thing.”

She re­ceived the award in Jan­uary but didn’t think to share it un­til now.

“I’m not a per­son to blow my own trum­pet,” Ms O’Brien said.

“It’s prob­a­bly a big thing but I just don’t see it that way.”

The award is given based on read­ers’ vot­ing.

How­ever, de­spite more than 100 pos­i­tive re­views on Trip Ad­vi­sor, Ms O’Brien was not im­mune from the neg­a­tiv­ity.

“I think a lot of peo­ple in the 21st cen­tury won’t speak up while they’re in your es­tab­lish­ment,” she said.

“They don’t give you con­struc­tive crit­i­cism in the flesh so you can rec­tify it then and there.

“It’s re­ally hard to not take it per­son­ally when it’s your heart and soul.”


OR­DER UP: Kristy O’Brien is of­ten seen be­hind the cof­fee ma­chine at the award-winning Brinx Deli.

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