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Our 15 most iconic businesses in Lismore

Having lunch in Magellan Street at the Lismore Pie Cart.
Having lunch in Magellan Street at the Lismore Pie Cart. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

THERE are a lot of memories and history surrounding the Lismore area, and many of them can be traced to the businesses we dealt with.

Our readers have given us an idea of what they see as iconic in the town by voting on our Facebook post recently.

The iconic businesses of Lismore are in order of popularity.

1. Lismore Pie Cart

Located in Magellan Street, the pie cart has been a fixture in the area for many years, claiming to sell Lismore's most famous pies.

It offers a wide variety of home-style pies with mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy.

Although there have been a number of different owners over the years, the quality and taste of the pies has been consistent and people come from far and near to eat them.

Owner of the Mecca Cafe in Lismore, Todd McLean.
Owner of the Mecca Cafe in Lismore, Todd McLean. Cathy Adams

2. Mecca Cafe

The Mecca Cafe has been around since 1932 and it is Lismore's original licensed retro diner-style cafe.

In the early days it was known as Forrester's Mecca Cafe and sold hot and cold meals, cakes, pies and pastries.

Today it retains much of the art deco features of the 1930s but with a 1950s style diner.

An early photo of the Wonder Bar.
An early photo of the Wonder Bar. Harry Crethar

3. Crethar's Wonder Bar

Harry Crethar's family settled in Lismore after leaving Greece in 1948 and his father set up the first cafe with air-conditioning.

Although no longer there in Keen Street there is a plaque in the pavement to mark where the shop used to be.

Harry recently celebrated his 80th birthday and we wish him and his family well.

Peter Lee from the Southern Cross University, left, presents the Hospitality Award to Michele and Michael Lawson from Henry's Bakery at the Lismore Business Excellence Awards.
Peter Lee from the Southern Cross University, left, presents the Hospitality Award to Michele and Michael Lawson from Henry's Bakery at the Lismore Business Excellence Awards. Contributed

4. Henry's Bakery Cafe

With a goal of bringing the highest quality breads, cakes and pastries to Lismore, the shop is located in Keen Street.

They are open seven days a week.

Bill Sheaffe of Caddies Coffee and Tea with the old coffee roaster.
Bill Sheaffe of Caddies Coffee and Tea with the old coffee roaster. Contributed

5. Caddies Coffee and Tea

Caddies has been around since 1985 when Bill Sheaffe started roasting coffee.

Roasting coffee beans is still very much a passion for Bill even as roasting methods and machines changed over time.

They are located in Carrington Street.

The interior of the Dragonfly Café, Lismore.
The interior of the Dragonfly Café, Lismore. visitlismore.com.au

6. Dragonfly Cafe

Another cafe in Carrington Street is the Dragonfly which is known for it's good coffee and great food.

Sharna Russell and Lauren Fitzgerald from Goanna Bakery in Keen Street, Lismore. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Sharna Russell and Lauren Fitzgerald from Goanna Bakery in Keen Street, Lismore. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

7. Goanna Bakery

Maker of home made sour dough bread the business was established in 1994.

The emphasis is on organic food and catering to customers wanting gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and whole foods.

Premier Art and Picture Framing
Premier Art and Picture Framing

8. Premier Art and Picture Framing

The first business on our list not related to food, although, the background of the Crethars who own it, come from the cafe world.

They sell picture frames as well as billiard tables and all the accessories.

Mega Pizza make exotic toppings for their pizzas.
Mega Pizza make exotic toppings for their pizzas. Facebook

9. Mega Pizza

Open since 1990 this pizza shop can be found on Wyrallah Road where they make pizzas with toppings like Chicken Mornay, Beef Nacho and the incredible Sweet Chilli Chicken Satay.

John Rees from Blueys Cafe, front left, and Paul Deegan from LJ Hooker Lismore, front right, join staff from LJ Hooker in promoting the suspended coffee phenomenon. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
John Rees from Blueys Cafe, front left, and Paul Deegan from LJ Hooker Lismore, front right, join staff from LJ Hooker in promoting the suspended coffee phenomenon. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

10. Blueys Cafe

This little icon is located in Woodlark Street and is open for breakfast and lunch.

Tracey Foster from Bowen's Bakery, South Lismore that has recently reopened. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Tracey Foster from Bowen's Bakery, South Lismore that has recently reopened. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

11. Bowens Pies and Bakery

This shop is located in South Lismore and was bought back by Tracey Foster in 2013 after her family had sold it in 1987.

Cafe Cappello co-owner Tamaya Rose, seen with employees Jessica Hughes and Jesse Matthews.
Cafe Cappello co-owner Tamaya Rose, seen with employees Jessica Hughes and Jesse Matthews. Marc Stapelberg

12. Cafe Cappello

Plenty to choose from this Italian inspired menu of pizza, pasta and gelato, located in Carrington Street.

Staff at Flock Espresso & Eats, Lismore.  Julien Durand, Sarah Jones and Georgia Herod
Staff at Flock Espresso & Eats, Lismore. Julien Durand, Sarah Jones and Georgia Herod Sophie Moeller

13. Flock Espresso and Eats

It's a vintage inspired space that serves great coffee and a selection of homemade, organic and gourmet tasty treats located in Woodlark Street.

WELL-SUITED: David Gooley, of George Gooley, fits reporter Luke Mortimer with a smart suit, tie and shirt. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / Northern Star
WELL-SUITED: David Gooley, of George Gooley, fits reporter Luke Mortimer with a smart suit, tie and shirt. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

14. George Gooley Menswear

This family business has been operating since 1958 in Molesworth Street.

The performers in River Madness at the Star Court Theatre.
Photo Contributed Cameron Prince
The performers in River Madness at the Star Court Theatre. Photo Contributed Cameron Prince Contributed

15. Star Court Theatre

Built in the 1920s this art deco theatre still provides the Lismore locals with entertainment.

It is known as Lismore's oldest theatre.



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