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Go Travel Windsor: Quiet On The Homefront

In recent weeks, Windsor Mall has encorporated the quiet of winter. . . the lovely trees are now bare, several shops have crept away from the Mall and even the Sunday Markets are not as crowded. As a perpetual worrier, we worry about the state of Windsor!




Yet, The Mall's 'eat street' flourishes. . . new cafes open, existing cafes get a new owner, menus change and on a Sunday morning when the weather is good, a crowd shows up for breakfast! So perhaps our worrying is unwarranted. Perhaps we are merely seeing the 'quiet of winter'.


We believe Windsor Mall today offers that perfect opportunity for business development. Empty shops mean the opportunity for entrepreneurship is present -- a chance to spread your wings, get creative and start your own -- Go Solo.  And Historic Windsor with all its charm is that place today.







Ian of the Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler, Blake of The Bridge Cafe, Kylie of the Windsor Ice Creamery, Alicia of Jewellery by a Farmer's Daughter, Tass of The Home Store, Margo of George Street Loft and Lee-Anne of Nine 50 -- all have some history of their own in Windsor.





Long time owners, Adrian of Windsor Chinese Restaurant or Anthony of Biviano's Restaurant or Wendy of Karinaglen Arts & Crafts exhibit the staying power of a soloist business man or woman.


Passion, creativity, perhaps a gene passed on from family  -- one rarely knows the source, but it has been our observation that stamina and resiliance are a must if one is to last, if the business is to succeed.


Today, we look at the successful business of WonderShushi at the front of Lachlan Court.




Address:Shop 4, Lachlan Court, 100 George Street
Phone: 02 4577 8096
Hours: Open daily 11.30am to 9pm

Day in, day out, every weekday, a scene repeats itself, with little or no variation. The 'suits' file into this diminutive Japanese café (now in its third year) as if reporting for military duty and by noon the sushi bar is filled to overflowing. Perhaps if you are lucky, a side-table is vacant. We are surprised to find the sushi bar comfortably crowded on a Thursday at 4.00pm. It seems customers are here during all open hours. On weekends and during school holidays, families arrive - Aussie kids have developed a palate for sushi.

The importance of 'fresh' - fresh fish, fresh prawns, fresh greens, and fresh tender veggies - is clearly why customers keep this café busy at any time of the day. Daily shopping at the Sydney Fish Market guarantees consistently fresh seafood. This attention to detail Alan believes '... keeps the customer happy and a happy customer will return.'

Recently a new menu was created - every listed item was photographed and with the description, we can order with ease. We are a bit timid, but with the new menu, we moved into unknown territory - a brave step for us. As cooler weather approaches, Udon - a Japanese noodle soup and Yum Cha - a steam dumpling - are added to the menu.

Early one morning, we watch the staff prepare for the lunchtime onslaught. Neat, precise and efficient, they cut, roll and arrange each delicate piece on gleaming white china. Spicy tuna, white tuna, snow crab, tempura shrimp or a mizu roll - each is superb and their presentation is flawless.

Thinking of starting your own -- Windsor Mall may be just the place!


Go Travel Windsor: Find Your Big Heart



Perhaps we are just a cynic at heart -- we are not selfish but we rarely donate to organisations in a fund drive or a specialised drive of any type. We learned the hard way during the 9/11 aftermath  that most of the donated funds rarely reach the intended recipients -- the people really needing the financial support. Most go to the organisation administering the drive. 


Yet, when we received this email from Lee-Ann Kelly, owner of Windsor's award winning Peruvian Sterling Silver & GiftShop on George Street, we were moved. We think you will be also. Lee-Ann assures us that all donations (100 %) will reach this family to build a very modest house. Thus far $550 has been donated -- Read her email and give it some thought. You can donate through GoFundme

  • Oh, yes, if you prefer to make a cash donation, stop by Nine 50 in Windsor.

Now read Lee-Ann's letter below:



Hi Pat,

One Of Our Sponsor Children Needs Urgent Help. 

As Many Of You Know My Husband And I Sponsor 6 Children In Lima Peru Through The Compassion Child Sponsorship Program. We Have Been Very Fortunate To Meet The Children And Their Families On Several Occasions While Visiting Peru On Business. I Have Developed Very Strong Relationships With These Children And Their Families. While All Our Sponsor Children Have Great Need On My Recent Visit To Peru April/ May 2016 It Became Very Apparent To Me That Francis And Her Family Urgently Need Assistance.

Francis' Mother Is The Only Provider For The Family. She Works Cleaning A School And She Earns USD 150.00 From March To December. During Summer Vacations, The Mom Looks For Jobs Such As Doing Laundry Or As Maid. The Mother Recently Received A Small Piece Of Land From A Family Member (Valued At Approx $200US)  To Which She Holds The Title. They Are Currently Living In A Single Roomed Plywood Shanty They Put Up Themselves. Their Home Has No Separate Rooms For Sleeping Or Cooking And No Water, Power Or Toilet Facilities. The Family Have Been Assisted With Immediate Food And Bedding.

I Requested The Situation Be Fully Assessed By Compassion and For Information On The Costing To Build A Home For Francis And Her Family. The Costing Is As Follows :

A Prefabricated House With Divisions For The Bedrooms, Kitchen And Bathroom.  US700

1 Sink And 1 Toilet - US 150 
1 Door - US 40.00 
3 Plywood - US 35.00 
Strips - US 90.00 
Nails - US 2.00 
Thick Sand - US 25.00 
3 Backs Of Cement - US 30.00 
Total Cost For Toilet: US 372.00 

Total Approximately $1500AU

Once The Funds Have Been Raised The Construction Of The Home Will Take 3 Weeks To Complete. Any Additional Funds Raised Will Provide Additional Assistance To This Family.



Francis Is Turning 13 Years Old On The 31st Of July This Year.  What An Incredible Gift For Her And Her Family. I Have Set Up A GoFund Me Page on which you can place an Online Donation Or Alternatively You Can Donate With Cash In The Shop.

This Is Something Nine50 Customers Can Collectively Contribute To. This Act of Generosity And Kindness Will Have A Huge Impact For This Single Mother And Her Two Beautiful Daughters. This Is A Family I Love With All My Heart And Together We Can Significantly Impact Their Lives.

Any And All Donations Will Help Us Collectively Reach The Goal. 

Thank you For Your Help And I Look Forward To Sending Photos Of Francis' New Home In The Coming Months.

Lee-Ann Kelly