Inglewood opens our minds to Clear Mind Studio!

Welcome to the ‘Wood Karen and Craig!

As soon as Karen and Craig got in touch with Inglewood On Beaufort they introduced themselves and their new business, Clear Mind Studio, we were excited, because it was going to be a dedicated studio focussing on the cleansing of your mind as well as your body. And, the only open floatation tank in Perth!

Therefore, we wanted to find out more….

1// What is the business about? 
Clear Mind Studio is an ‘Urban Retreat for the Mind.’ A place where you can relax, unwind, and leave feeling like a better version of yourself.  

We are a wellness studio offering floatation therapy, infrared sauna, yoga, mat pilates, remedial massage and wellness workshops.  

We aim to create a mindful community by hosting weekly free community evenings.  

2// What is unique about your business?
We have a few unique features which we are excited about. There are many people that would like to try floating but have never tried it because they are claustrophobic or anxious. That’s when we decided to introduce an open float pool, which is a 2.5m diameter circular pool situated in it’s own private temperature and humidity-controlled room, so you get all the float pod benefits but there’s no lid to close. It’s big enough to fit two people, so you can float with your bestie in the same pool. We shipped it over from England, and it will be Perth’s only open float pool!  

We are the only studio in Perth to have both floatation therapy and a yoga studio.  I love floatation, but it always takes me 20 mins or so to get into the zone, and I thought why has no one combined yoga with floatation. In Shavasana, at the end of a yoga class, I feel so relaxed I don’t want to leave, wouldn’t it be great to just slip into a float pod instead of leaving.  

We also have an infrared yoga sauna, for all the hot yoga fans!

3// How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
In the last few years we have been on our own health and wellbeing journey. I found the only thing that really made me feel good was meditation and floatation. I tried to pursued Craig to buy a float tank for our house, but we would have to lose our spare bedroom! The idea grew arms and legs as we realised that instead of driving around the city floating, doing yoga, getting a massage, or infrared sauna in different places, we could create a wellness studio with everything under one roof.

We always wanted to have our own business. Craig used to work FIFO and it wasn’t really working out for our family life so when he was made redundant it was the perfect time to follow our dreams.  

4// How did you decide on your brand name ‘CLEAR MIND STUDIO’?
I kept a note in my phone and every time I thought of a name I wrote it down (I still have the list!). None of the names really stuck, then I heard someone talk about ‘clearing their mind’ and I thought it was perfect for our studio.  

5// What’s your story, tell us about yourselves?
Clear Mind is owned by my husband, Craig and I (Karen).  We’re originally from Scotland.  Craig moved to Perth 7 years ago to work in the oil and gas industry. A few months after he moved to Perth he came back to Europe for a holiday to Ibiza, and that’s where we met! He persuaded me to move to Perth to be with him.  I took a leap of faith and now we’ve been married almost 3 years (and I’ve been in Perth 5 years).  

When we’re not at the studio were usually out for breakfast or coffee in the local neighbourhood or hanging out with our golden retriever, Amber, who features heavily on our Instagram

6// Why Inglewood?
Inglewood is a great neighbourhood (and its close to our home).

It has an amazing community feel and there’s loads of awesome small businesses already in the area that compliment our biz. The Monday Night Market brings together so many people and we want to add to it by offering our free wellness talks to the community. We often think how lucky we are to be opening a business on Beaufort street. 

7// Describe your ideal customer? 
Me! I am our ideal customer! Stressed, anxious and in need of a pick me up both physically and mentally. 

8// What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Our dog, Amber, jumps on the bed at 5.55am every morning ‘cause she knows it’s walkies time. I’m definitely a morning person. I really struggle with events that involve being awake after 9.30pm.  

9// Most memorable facepalm moment?
I thought we would be open last December, then it moved to early March, then late March, then April and now we finally have an opening date of 4th June.   I just didn’t consider how long the council would take to do their side of the paperwork.  In hindsight it’s kinda amusing that I originally thought we’d open before Christmas. What was I thinking!? 

10// What’s the most rewarding thing about running your own business?
Being your own boss and knowing that your decisions will make a difference (good or bad!). The best thing is knowing that you are offering the community something that could make their lives better. Owning your own infrared sauna is pretty cool too!

11// What’s the smartest business or life hack you use?!
Meditation! It changed my life.  You can start as easy as downloading an app for your phone with guided meditations to follow.  

Whenever I feel in a slump or feel like I have no creative energy I go for a float.  It helps me clear my thoughts and think up new ideas. 

An infrared sauna is a great pick up too, if you’re feeling a bit under the weather. 

At home our smartest hack is getting a weekly organic veg box delivered.  So, even when we’ve been super busy working in the studio and haven’t had time for the weekly shop, we still have a fridge full of fruit and veg.  

12// Company’s mantra?
I wrote Clear Mind Studio’s Mission Statement pretty early on in the biz process: 
An Urban Retreat for the Mind.
A Peaceful Place to Escape to When Your Thoughts Feel Out of Sync. 
A Community Ready to Nourish Your Journey Towards Inner Peace and Calm.
A Place to Clear Your Mind, Gather Your Thoughts and Restore Your Glow, Leaving a Better You, Ready to Enrich the World Around You.  

13// Who is / are your role model(s)?
I really admire people who have quit their professional or corporate career to follow their dreams.  Therefore, when something isn’t aligning with them and they do something about it.  Most of our yoga teachers and staff have previous corporate backgrounds which they quit for a better life. 

14// Favourite coffee haunt? 
Ooooh That’s such a difficult question ‘cause I love coffee!’  I love Finlay and Sons for a coffee catch-up with friends or Betty and Dave’s for a quick takeaway coffee if we’re busy.  If it’s a post dog walk coffee, we like Cool Breeze at Riverside Gardens or Holly Rayes in Bassendean.  

15// Guilty pleasure?
Craig’s guilty pleasure is the chicken burger at Finlay and Sons.  We often have the ‘is it too early for a burger’ convo (If you’re wondering, the answer is no, ‘cause it’s on the breakfast menu!).  

I’m a burger fan too and we have been known to visit Hoodburger from time to time whilst working late in the studio.  It’s all about balance though – our days usually start with a green juice or smoothie. 

16// When does the business open? 
Our studio opens 4th June with a 2 weeks unlimited yoga for $60 special.  Our floatation therapy will open at the end of the month. 

After all that, who wouldn’t want to get in touch with Karen, Craig and the Clear Mind Studio gang? And, there are lots of ways to see what they are about and book a class.
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email: craig@clearmindstudio.com

Clear Mind Studio
835 Beaufort Street
Inglewood

Beaufort Street’s newest friendly Thai restaurant!

10 With… Kasama’s Thai Kitchen!

Even more reason to get excited at the Inglewood end of Beaufort Street! Another business has opened its doors to the locals. We catch up with the newbies in the ‘Wood.

We have been long time fans of Kasama and her food truck at the Inglewood Night Markets for the past few seasons. Nothing can beat her and the team’s enthusiasm for authentic, freshly made-to-order Thai food – all served with her trademark winning smile.

Kasama and Neil in front of their new premises

Not to rest on their laurels, Kasama and her partner Neil have over the last few weeks been setting up their first bricks and mortar shop on Beaufort Street, so we had a sit down in the ‘nearly finished’ space at 850a Beaufort Street to talk about the journey so far…

1. What’s the story so far?

Kasama’s Thai Kitchen is about three years old and there is no sign of slowing down for the pair! But Kasama’s journey with food started at a much earlier age. For Kasama’s formative years, she was raised by her grandmother (Kasama lovingly refers to her as ‘Granma’.) and she taught her to cook in a very holistic way. When she returned from school she would help her Granma in the kitchen – but she was only allowed to observe for many years. This taught Kasama that creating food dishes is creative, soulful and comes from the heart. All of Kasama’s inspiration comes from her Granma and her teachings. It has given Kasama a unique way to cook and she says it’s a “spiritual experience”.

2. Why did you choose Inglewood?

After looking around in neighbouring areas (Neil and his family have been in the Bayswater area for 25+ years) they decided upon the Inglewood Beaufort Street strip because of the regeneration of the old Bunnings site to a Woolworths, as well as its proximity to the Monday Night Markets. The area is on the up in their eyes and they want to be part of the reinvigoration and be part of the hustle and bustle.

3. What is a typical day for Kasama?

After getting a daily fresh food delivery, Kasama preps all of the food for their upcoming events. Kasama doesn’t stop thinking up ideas and dishes so she is constantly on the go!
The food truck is in use up to 5 days a week and as Kasama makes everything to order, the prep work is chopping, peeling and making sauce bases from scratch every day.

4. What’s the most surprising thing about owning your own business?

Both Neil and Kasama love the freedom that comes with being your own boss. They are producing a quality food product and that takes time and effort to make sure it is perfect, every time. Kasama sometimes cooks until 3am in the mornings to cater for the 360 meals made to order in the food truck on any given night!

5. What are your business neighbours like?

Neil and Kasama have not wasted any time in introducing themselves to their neighbours; Alan the hairdresser directly opposite, Tom at Hoodburger and the neigbourly love is being reciprocated with the boys from the tattoo shop helping with the shop fit-out, Fitness 858 donating a whiteboard for the kitchen and Natalie from Vintage Hairess already having Kasama in for a little pamper! It’s safe to say that they are making themselves at home in the ‘hood!

6. What will be the food theme of the shop?

Kasama has a strong vision for the shop food – and that is to showcase her Granma’s unique Thai food. Unlike Westernised versions of Thai food, Kasama grew up in Bangkok and the food from that area is the recognised national food of the country.  Granma’s style and freshness is as authentic as it gets and that may be very different to what Australians are used to!

7. Have you met any Perthanalities yet?!

While scoping out the area, Neil and Kasama were enjoying a spot of salami at Mondo’s Butchers. We all know that if Vince is in, he’d love to meet you and that’s exactly what Neil decided to do! 

8. Any funny stories?

With Kasama being Thai and Neil a local Aussie boy, there is sometimes a little lost in translation moments! One such moment was when Neil was sent out for ‘coconut’ and trawled several places looking for a whole coconut. Coming back empty handed, Kasama was surprised that he couldn’t find any – so sent one of the staff out to get coconut. And soon came back with a can of coconut milk, just as Kasama wanted! 

9. Just how many food trucks have you owned?

In just three short years, not long after meeting, Neil and Kasama quit their day jobs (office work and Baldivis Farm respectively) and bought a small food truck to start trading from. Kasama cooks EVERYTHING in the truck and it became apparent after one full season on the Perth food scene that a bigger truck was required! Operating for two years as a food truck vendor has made them realise that in order to cater to their growing devoted authentic Thai food fans, they need even bigger premises to cater from, and the restaurant/shop was created to fill that need. Working as a professional kitchen to cater for their food truck business, they will also have approx. 30 covers in their restaurant! 

“It seemed like the next step on our journey” Neil.

10. Company Motto?

Fresh and healthy. 

“Everything is made with love, just like Granma taught me” Kasama.

11. Favourite Kasama’s Thai Kitchen dish?

Kasama is a BIG fan of fish and eats that most of the time.  The favourite of the markets is the Pad Thai, which uses authentic Bangkok ingredients and that is what differentiates it from the rest. But Kasama couldn’t choose her favourite as she loves everything that she makes. To her, they are all as good as each other.

12. What has been the best thing about starting Kasama’s Thai Kitchen?

Both Neil and Kasama have lots of people that have been huge supporters of their venture – the patrons that keep coming back for more and telling their friends to try it. But behind the scenes the best thing has been their families. Kasama’s Granma who raised her in Bangkok and shared her amazing gift with food with a young Kasama and her father who let Kasama trade a little food shop next to his aged 14. Neil’s family have been instrumental in making Kasama’s Thai Kitchen a success; supporting the talent and abilities of Kasama and even helping out in the food truck in the early days. 

They opened its doors in Late March. It’s was delayed due to making sure the kitchen and fit out is as they wanted it. The site was quite messy (and very pink!) and the team have been transforming the space into  a pleasant place to sit and enjoy some authentic Thai! The food truck is also being catered for, with a new paved area to the rear to call home, so paving has been put down to make sure the truck is as comfortable in its new home as the patrons will be in the restaurant area!

From looking for premises to opening in just 8 WEEKS. Amazing work guys!

What is plain to see about Kasama’s Thai Kitchen is the passion that stems from everyone involved. The boundless energy and belief in the food and HOW it has been produced. Quality and authenticity is what makes Kasama’s food different from the rest and I bet that million dollar smile will win the hearts of many an Inglewoodian along the way!

Kasama’s Thai Kitchen
850a Beaufort Street
Telephone: 0411 330 688
Facebook: https: @kasamasthaikitchen
Website: Kasamas.com.au

To read more about the amazing businesses on Beaufort Street, take a look through our blog pages: Chef and Co, and Hoodburger.

Is Beaufort Street ‘not as good as it used to be’?

Following the recent closure of some long-standing restaurants in Highgate and Mount Lawley, it does seem to beg the question why? There are so many factors unfortunately that can have an impact on a business, from high rents, to a slowing economy that saps consumer confidence as well as a suburb just not being ‘in favour’. Sad-looking empty shops in Subiaco, Mount Lawley and Highgate are testament to some of those factors and Inglewood hasn’t been immune either but is Inglewood showing signs of bucking this trend?

We know of at least 10 new independent businesses that have opened their doors in late 2018 or are about to. Are Inglewood’s lower rents, heritage buildings and an increasingly buzzing shopping strip becoming more and more appealing to smaller businesses’ looking for the next cool suburb? Well…., maybe (and yes we are obviously biased)!

It’s pretty obvious to anyone who lives locally that the area is evolving, changing and becoming a ‘destination’. As the local community group it’s something that Inglewood On Beaufort have been working so hard on helping to achieve. Nestled between the long-standing Mount Lawley and the still-cool-but-a-little-edgy Maylands, Inglewood has long been overlooked due to the fast-paced commuters on our main road into the city. But one by one, fabulous business owners are taking advantage of the up-and-coming area. 

New business owners Kasama and Neil are opening up their commercial kitchen – Kasama’s Thai Kitchen – to supply their long standing food truck and serve locals from their small front of house. They are regulars at the Monday Night Markets and the location was perfect for them, having access to loyal Market customers who travel to the event as well as locals who have already expressed a warm welcome on social media to the couple. 

Brothers Matt and Tom Shaw have opened their second burger joint Hoodburger to queues and a full house most weekends. Matt told us one of the main reasons they decided upon Inglewood was the competitive rents, and the fact they are in VERY excellent company with the shops in their direct vicinity. Businesses ARE looking at Inglewood as a viable option to open up shop!

Another side to the story of our businesses on Beaufort Street are the people who have seen it all and bought the t-shirt. The stalwarts of the strip, we’re talking Vince at Mondo’s Butchers, John of John’s Gentlemen’s Hairdressing, Sean at Bonanza Paint, Murray of the Inglewood Hotel and Larry & John at New Look Dry Cleaners. These long standing businesses form the backbone of our shopping strip and bring in many loyal customers. Without a mixture of these iconic businesses as well as the ‘new blood’ it makes an incredible cross section of shopping needs.

We also have a huge number of services along the way too – let’s not forget the Tyrepower boys, the accountants, real estate and health & beauty businesses. This selection of businesses is what makes Inglewood as a shopping destination more viable and more interesting. Yes, we have empty areas at the northern end of the strip. Progress in the current financial climate is slower than anyone would hope for. But, with such quality establishments as Cecchi’s, excellent restaurant and takeaway The Jolly Good Indian, newly opened Chef & Co, and soon to open (May 2019) award winning Kustom Klaws as well as the Paleo orientated butcher Paddock + Farm all giving the Bedford end of the strip a reason to thrive, it’s surely not going to be long before people start to fill in the gaps and redevelopments begins. 

And then at the other end of the strip, we have the family run, juggernaut of Three Coins and Trio, Louis spinning some of the finest coffee’s from Nexus and then, above Louis is the jawdropping foodie heaven that is 2nd Ave IGA……..and nestled in between Aldi looks like they are breaking ground soon in alignment with their late 2019 opening date. Bringing with it 2 retail spaces and a café space on site. We’re finding it hard to come up with any reasons why Beaufort Street is in trouble!

Progress in the ‘hood is a good and timely thing. The area deserves a shopping strip that is vibrant and eclectic. We have an excellent range of facilities that we can use at our disposal. Sure, it’s not as pretty as Mount Hawthorn’s Scarborough Beach Road, or have the potential ‘stroll-ability’ that you may find in Leederville’s Oxford Street, but it is accessible (thanks State Route 53!) and we do have vibrant hubs the whole way along Beaufort Street.

It’s good for the area, it’s good for the local economy and it’s good for the soul. Shopping local means that businesses get to earn a living, form relationships with all of us and we get the BEST service we can from our Strip. It’s a win-win for us all!

New Kids on the Block Pt.1

It’s an exciting time on our Beaufort St. strip right now. We are seeing lots of businesses choosing the Inglewood on Beaufort neighbourhood to locate their shops. This is the first in a series of blog posts welcoming our new neighbours to the ‘Wood.

This Friday (18th Jan) see’s the much anticipated new revamp of the restaurant at 1000 Beaufort St, Bedford. Chef & Co Restaurant is the brainchild of successful business owner Yvonne Khan and Chef and Co-Owner Darren King.

With Darren produces modern Australian dishes paired with excellent local wines. A variety of dishes that suit all, including a children’s menu. Spoilt for choice – see for yourself here!

Wanting to know more about them and the new business we asked co-owner Yvonne a few questions about Chef & Co:

1// Hello, my name is… 
Yvonne Khan.

2// What is the business about?
Chef & Co has been created by Yvonne Khan (owner) and Darren King (owner/chef) Australian modern cuisine using fresh produce and local wines from the unique Swan Valley.

3// What’s your story? 
Having lived in Melbourne during my early years and deciding to go into Hospitality training in Hotel Management, moving to Tasmania, Alice Springs and then Perth for various roles in the industry. 

My biggest achievement has been to renovate and open the award winning Padburys in Guildford which I owned for 12 years.  This building use to be a co-op, then a warehouse so it was a huge renovation no running  water, rewiring the whole building, no gas.  The kitchen was a horse stable!

4// How do you start your day?
With a good cup of coffee, I live in the Swan Valley so fortunate to live on 10 acres I also run a small Bed and Breakfast on the property so I do keep busy.

5// What does a typical day look like for you?
Just not enough hours for me with the workload, but I still manage to have a decent social life.

6// Most memorable facepalm moment? 
I think finding out I was pregnant with Georgia was the most memorable and surprising for me.

7// What’s the most surprising thing about running your own business? 
I love talking to different people and ensuring they have a great experience in my venue.

8// Company’s motto? 
Good food. Good Service. Value for money.

9// Favourite coffee haunt?!
My house

10// Guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and too much socializing with lots of nice wine and good friends.

Chef & Co Restaurant is open for business from Friday 18th January.
1000 Beaufort Street, Bedford.

Serves lunch, dinner and coffee.
Groups, parties, walk-ins and children welcome.
For bookings email: bookings@chefandcorestaurant.com.au
For more information check out their Facebook page: @chefandcorestaurant

What’s Up on Beaufort Street?

Exploring Crime, Traffic Risks and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

We are thrilled to say that our CPTED report is finished and available for all to read! Commissioned by Inglewood on Beaufort and our local MLA, Lisa Baker with funding from the State Government’s Local Projects Local Jobs initiative the report assesses the built form “environment” of Beaufort Street and the adjacent laneways and how they impact upon individuals safety and what could be done to improve it. Prepared by Curtin Universities Dr Paul Cozens and Dr Courtney Babb, the report will be invaluable for Inglewood on Beaufort and everyone in our local area as it gives us evidence based insights that will support future grants or appeals in the future months and years to come.

On 3 December Chair, Damien Giudici and local MLA, Lisa Baker officially launched the CPTED report at the Inglewood Town Square, where the report was handed over to the City of Stirling and it is officially available for all to read right here: CPTED Beaufort Street Survey

Damien had this to say about the new report and launch:

We’ve seen the benefits of the CPTED report in Maylands in identifying community perceptions of their neighbourhood and it provides an evidence base upon which to respond.  As such we were convinced commissioning a similar report would benefit Inglewood.

While Inglewood’s crime statistics are pretty average in a metropolitan context, with a CPTED report in hand we’re more confident of where to invest our time and resources into the public realm.

The launch is just a way to announce the document has gone public. It’s now available on the website for the community to read and with the formal handing over of copies to the City of Stirling we hope to see them become collaborators in resolving some of the safety issues identified in the report.”

If you took part in the survey, or simply want to find out what the results are then please read it.

To read more about the hand over to the City of Stirling, click here