The story of the Common Galaxia fish is one that details a stubborn little whitebait surviving the change of its Maribyrnong River environment. The story of Common Galaxia café in Seddon may just follow the same path as it’s finned namesake.
Originally a venture from the Dead Man Espresso duo Luke and Kylie, Paul and his family took over the reigns last October 2013. The interior, from Fido Projects, merges the textures of concrete and ply to create a very sinuous space; clean panels, symmetric lines and uniform detailing. The full warehouse windows provide floor to ceiling views of the street that now holds additional café tables. Other changes include a re-jigging of the fittings to accommodate prammed-mothers and an extension of the menu adding freshly squeezed juice, gluten-free baked goods, and an incidental amount of dishes that include avocado. Whether the avocado is a side or the hero, I’m told crates of avocado are purchased weekly to satiate our obsessed café community.
A little bird told me that Caleb and Rebecca undertook extensive research before jumping into this city location. That same bird watched as the couple counted foot traffic, looked over their shoulders as they budgeted every cost, surveyed the sun’s light with them and overlooked their renovation.
Caleb admits that perhaps their planning was more detailed than they needed, but at the very least, they’ve already laid a good foundation to handle any surprises. Rebecca’s planning skills as a retail designer may explain the intricate project plans, but as their first business venture, they weren’t taking any decisions lightly.