Kirsten Shanks, Bondi, Sydney
Images by Sam Riles
Kirsten is a naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist, and owner of Orchard St. a health and wellbeing offering which includes three stores in the east of Sydney which incorporate herbal dispensaries, juice elixir bars and clinics. Kirsten lives with her family behind Orchard St.'s Bondi outpost, a light filled nook of a corner store. "I coveted the backyard every time I walked past for years until it finally became available. We've been here for two years now and it feels like a warm and lovely family home to us; surrounded by an incredible community and literally a skip to the beach. Inhabiting the same building as one of my shops and clinics feels natural in that Orchard St. has always been an extension of me, but we have to be mindful not to let the noise of the world penetrate too deeply."
Every space you occupy becomes part of your story.
Kirsten's favourite neighbourhood jaunts."The Shop. Love this warm little nook. Gertrude and Alice. For a rainy day office surrounded by books, a gentler hum of conversation and many pots of hot chai tea. Ode bar. Some dear friends recently opened this natural wine bar on Bondi Rd. A beautiful wine list and the best focaccia in town. Iggys. The heart of our Bronte community. The love is actually tangible in everything Ludmilla and Iggy do. Nourishing with so much more than simply sourdough. Community Organics. Damien delivers organic veggie boxes to Bondi's homes weekly, love the seasonal variety. Umu. The best in store selection of organic fresh and dry goods, with a beautiful, changing menu. Nimbus & Co. Relaxing in the warmth of these infrared saunas is my ultimate winter indulgence." "At this point Sonny is exploring percussion. He loves music - his great grandma is a pianist and he adores her! I can't say James or I are particularly musically gifted but we always have music and off-key singing in the house. Pretending to be a dinosaur or dragon is a recurring theme for Sonny, and he's also very into his books. Waverley Library is an incredible resource for us."