Our Story

Lyttleton Stores is a collective of people, combining our loves of organic home grown food and artisan made craft ware. Our mission is to connect customers, makers, and growers, encouraging conscious, ethical, local economies as well as transitioning to a no-waste, lower energy future.

This project will be ever growing and changing as it evolves and others come to contribute by sharing skills and knowledge at the weekly workshops held around the themes of cooking and crafting. PanTree Produce is an organic grocery store, cooking food for the shelves from the gorgeous garden and supplying quality produce from local and Australian organic producers. Atelier is an artisan’s store, exhibiting beautifully hand crafted pieces from local designer makers who have the opportunity to sell their wares and share their skills. Preserve is a workshop space, where visitors and locals alike can come to both share and learn new and old creative and culinary skills. Lyttleton Gardens is a small garden adjacent to the shop that is open to the public. We run Permaculture and regenerative edible gardening workshops and strive to illustrate what is possible at a small, backyard scale.

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Lyttleton Stores is set in the oldest part of Lawson’s shopping district, in a long coveted building dating back to 1884, beautifully utilised as a produce store early on and then over time and many changes of hands becoming a country antiques store selling wonderful hand made wares from the past. We seek to bring this combination of Lawson’s history and our own life history together as Lyttleton Stores, a hub of creativity and culture, food and community.


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Jacinta Carmichael-Parissi

Jacinta has always been very creative, productive and described by her papa as ‘the sails’ of the ship of dreamers, as she can get carried away! She has owned and operated an organic food business making, retailing and wholesaling products, and also expanded to catering and events.

She is a busy lady, coordinating both the Pantree produce store and the Lyttleton kitchen, preserving excess produce, baking sourdough bread and cooking all sorts of delicious things.

 

 

Adelina Carmichael-Parissi

Adelina is described by her papa as ‘the anchor’ to the ship of dreamers; a vital and secure measure to every project considered by her at length. Jewellery and Object Design was the focus of her creative studies, where she would be making art that can be used in everyday life.

She currently curates the Window Gallery in Atelier of Lyttleton Stores. 

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Allegra Benmayor

Allegra is the Lyttleton numbers lady, in charge of book-keeping and accounts. She is also the Preserve workshops coordinator, always finding new classes in art, design, cooking, preserving and homesteading throughout the year. She is an amazing networker and has a knack for building community connections.

 

Eloise Crossman

Eloise has a background in media arts and museology. Eloise coordinates Atelier, curating the space as well as building connections with local makers. She has a keen eye for beautiful, hand-crafted objects, hence the lovely displays in Atelier.

 

Emmanuela Prigioni (Manu)

Manu is a small scale food grower with a background in Permaculture and regenerative agriculture. She is passionate about helping people grow food locally at a small scale throughout the Blue Mountains . She teaches most of the garden workshops at Lyttleton, manages our Backyard Grower system, and records all that goes on in the garden on our Lyttleton garden blog.

 

Sarah Mann

Sarah is our resident herbalist and naturopath. As well as working in the shop, Sarah is a fountain of knowledge on herbal medicine. She and Manu are developing a line of home-grown medicinal tea blends.

 

 

Haylea Bridle

It is thanks to Haylea that we have gorgeous illustrations and graphic design throughout the shop! As well as working in the shop, Haylea designs all our labels, leaflets and handouts.

 

 

 

Nick Mckinlay

Nick is responsible for most of the incredible photographs we post on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages. He is currently galivanting around Germany but will be back with us in a few months!