No time to dilly ‘deli’ for couple launching shop

ABOVE: The Black Duck Deli owners (from left) John and Sharon Haverkamp with staff member Rachel Scott.
ABOVE: The Black Duck Deli owners (from left) John and Sharon Haverkamp with staff member Rachel Scott. Hamish Broome

OWNERS of The Black Duck Deli in Alstonville, Sharon and John Haverkamp, didn't beat around the bush when launching their latest business venture.

The Brisbane-based couple were in the region for their daughter's wedding in September when they hatched the idea of starting a store in Alstonville.

They opened the doors three months later, just in time for Christmas.

"It started as a bit of a joke," Mrs Haverkamp said.

"I told John at the wedding, 'We should open a simple little gelato shop'.

"I'm just not a person who can sit around."

Eventually the idea evolved into a deli, one that has kept the original inspiration by offering Italian-style handmade ice cream.

The Black Duck Deli pulled no punches with its products, which Mrs Haverkamp described as "simple, fresh and healthy food".

"Sometimes delis are extremely pretentious and only have things of the highest order," she said.

"I don't want to intimidate or awe customers with foods they wouldn't buy every day. I want people to feel comfortable."

But there are still plenty of exotic products.

"We've got European cheeses and smallgoods mixed in with Australian and local produce," she said.

"The idea is to give people products they can't find anywhere else. Most of the products we have here would be hard to find in a supermarket."

One product quickly snapped up by new customers is the Italian wafer biscuits and nougat. Italian-made soft drinks such as Chinotto have also zipped out the door.

For cafe customers, the deli offers fresh salads, espresso and the gourmet handmade ice cream to top it off.



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