#40 – Bayside Brownie Company

October 12, 2019

This week we meet Tracy from the Bayside Brownie Company, based out of Wynnum. You may have seen the cool Kombi making deliveries, and the stall at the Jan Power Markets, and other local events. We have swooned over Tracy’s brownie’s in the past, and when a previous WIW guest, Cheryl mentioned about them in our catchup, I thought I must make contact. So glad that I was able to, and just wipe the chocolate off my face before walking back in the door at home. ūüėÄ

What brought you to the area?
My husband Allan’s work brought us to SEQ in 2005, but we had the option of choosing where to live, and the waterfront, along with the close proximity to Brisbane and the airport – this was an easy choice and one we have been very happy with.

You can find Tracy at the Jan Power Markets
A fresh batch ready to be made!

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
I’m am forever grateful for the local support – the community spirit is alive and well in the Wynnum /Manly area

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
The town centre buzzing with people and businesses thriving – I love spending my time and money with the locals, I think it’s a really important thing to hold on to.

No machines here, all brownies are hand made
and gluten free!
Commercial Kitchen at home creates the goodness!
Look at these guys!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Tenille Laurance at little birdie hair Co + the bird barber opened her second salon + barber in Wynnum and is a local and is very passionate about the environment and has a whole host of practices in place such as recycling the hair from the cuts, encouraging refilling the shampoo and conditioner containers and also has a day where money from each customer goes to charity for the day.

The other one is Manly Marina Cove Motel – it’s tucked away beside the RQYS and is a little hidden gem with great locals running it

Thanks again Sean, it’s great to see people with passion and sharing with the locals – thanks for being that voice!

The brownies were so good, and some of them may have been harmed (eaten) during the shoot.
Soooo many things come out of the kitchen, not just brownie slice

Check out Tracy at the markets, or better yet, get in touch via her facebook page for your order! https://www.facebook.com/Baysidebrownie/

#34 – Ang

June 8, 2018

This week we meet Ang, who runs the B-K Barber, near the foodworks on Randall and Wynnum Rd.  Ang has been cutting my hair, and altering my clothes for the last 10 years or so, and it has been great chatting about our kids of similar ages, as they have grown up.

That’s right, he also does clothing alterations, and is great at both!

The overflow chairs can fill up!

What brought you to the area?

The business was located here.

What do you like about the area?

Wynnum is a good place to be, close to everything !  Lots of good people and beautiful view of the bay.

The people are so friendly!

Ang won’t let me wear the spaceships one¬†

Lollies for the kids, small and big

Magazines for the wait

Alterations available

Great chair!

Pop in a say hi to Ang, it’s always great to share some banter with him.

#32 – ScooterBike Adventures

March 2, 2018

Today we meet Danny from¬†ScooterBike Adventures, where I caught up with one of his regular group activities.¬† Today’s was a group of school mum’s getting active after school dropoffs.

Danny has always had an interest in our area, and been active in sport, including a sports scholarship to the USA.¬† I had seen the ScooterBike’s near the Manly pool, and wondered what was the story behind them, and I am so glad someone reached out and suggested I do a post about Danny (thanks Sonja!)

We met at Wynnum Creek, as the crew were heading North to the boardwalk today.  They cover various routes from Wynnum North to Lota, and the many detours along the way.

You can read more about ScooterBikes on their facebook page.

Danny checking all is good before the crew arrives

What brought you to the area?


 I grew up in Wynnum at Jayben  St Wynnum West. Attended Wondall Heights State School and then Brisbane State High School. After 8 years in the USA I returned to the Gold Coast then back home to Wynnum. I now live at Lota and love being close to the bay.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?


My most memorable experience in Wynnum was when Wynnum Manly won the Brisbane rugby league comp for the first time – Great Team. Growing up in Wynnum I have a life time of great memories, my first fishing experience at about age 7 from the end of Wynnum Jetty, pumping yabbies at Lota with my brother Shaun and the mud fights that always seemed to occur , rowing our bond wood fishing boat to the leads out from Manly Harbour and catching heaps of big whiting.

Setting up ready for the session

Warm up

What would you love to see in Wynnum?


 I would love to see in Wynnum a genuine cycleway that separates walkers from other moving traffic, a water park area as good as Southbank, Redcliffe, Cairns. Eco Tours that show locals and tourists our beautiful bay and wildlife.

Drop by Frankie’s and rope Sarah into the photo

Any link to a website that you would like to share?


If you could link to Manly Creative Markets, that would be good.

Not sure what the collective noun is for ScooterBikes??

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?


I would like you to profile Cafe Le Mer at Manly. It is a hidden gem and one of my favourite chill-out coffee and eating cafes.

¬†I enjoyed meeting Danny and the ladies, and it looked a great way to explore our area whilst earning those Friday evening treats ūüôā

#28 – Ken Kunin

October 13, 2017

This week we meet Ken Kunin who is a musician, Personal Trainer, gym owner and the writer/performer of only the second song I have heard with Wynnum mentioned in it. Ken’s Living in Wynnum song is linked below.

Ken Kunin and his wife Kathy Sharp started Revolution Fitness 15 years ago. They predominantly focus on one on one personal training and Pilates. Every program is tailored to the individual as there is never a one size fits all solution. They work with everyone from young athletes to an older population with health issues that require a watchful eye.

Ken started On Song International this year which is a TV show in development featuring songwriters and not a karaoke elimination based show.

Ken is in pre-production with Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky to release his 9th studio album next year.

It was great whilst chatting during the shoot, to have some great tunes being played,  I particularly enjoyed Matinee Cowboy.

I do enjoy my music, and we spoke about various bands, band members around the LA scene in the nineties, as Ken was amongst this scene in at the time. I mistakenly said I used to play, and noted a couple of chords and changes that I was enjoying while Ken was playing.¬† Then the hammer dropped when he said ‚Äúyou know you are not getting out of here without playing‚ÄĚ. Oh, crap! You really need to learn to shut up Sean!¬† So I had a play on a beautiful Larrivee guitar, playing as badly as I remember, and Ken was ever so polite. I like polite people.

What brought you to the area?

My wife who lived in LA with me for 10 years is originally from Lota. After living in LA for 3 decades and being in a pretty tough music industry, I decided a sea change was in order and after several visits to Australia, it seemed a good idea at the time. It was also great moving to a place where you have family built into the equation.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think it was memorable or at least different living in a small community where I would bump into people that you know so frequently. Being a trainer I would often bump into clients in the supermarket that would see me and say things like ‚ÄúYou really made my arse sore this week‚ÄĚ which in turn would get half the line turning around wondering just what it was I did for a living.

Using his love of fitness and music to make a living

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I would love to see Wynnum come closer to reaching its potential in many ways. There are way too many shops empty,  we also have a council that absolutely acts like a mafia and basically aims to extort small businesses at every chance possible, and a night life that is borderline non existent. It is time to try some new things to modernize the area and just putting up more units isn’t the be all and end all solution. To do the same thing year in and year out expecting a different result doesn’t show too much intelligence. It is time to recruit some forward thinking people to shake things up and invest in a more progressive future.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

I am pretty excited about the direction of https://www.facebook.com/onsongaus/ as it is really taking flight giving songwriters a chance to shine. Also for Revolution Fitness, please visit revfit.com


The gym is very well equipped with quality gear.

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

I would like to see you continue to do what you do which is cover people who aim to make the neighbourhood we live in a better place.

Get in contact with Ken for your fitness requirements

#24 – Studio Yellow

August 26, 2017

This week we get arty and visit Studio Yellow who provide some great classes specifically designed to help adults connect with their creative self, learn some new skills and stress less.  We met with Natalie at the Manly RSL, and whilst there were a few of the regulars away for this particular session, there was still enthusiasm abound!

Art classes would make for a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one, so enroll in a class or grab a gift voucher.

Seems fitting that Studio Yellow meets up in the yellow Manly RSL

What brought you to the area?
In 1982, I started dating a boy I met at McDonalds Newmarket. I lived at Ashgrove but he lived in Gumdale. In December 1986, we were married so the Education Department gave me a transfer to Wynnum High School. I’ve been a south-sider ever since. In 1998, I started teaching at Moreton Bay College so I really feel connected to the Wynnum community now. When we celebrated the college’s centenary in 2001, I learn so much about history of the whole area.

Natalie ready for the class to start

The artist’s toolbox

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
Growing up I visited Wynnum often. I had 5 cousins (in two families) who lived here so I have lots of very fond memories of family gatherings. My father was also the Drum Major of the Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band so as a child I watched him lead the Wynnum Anzac Day Parade on many occasions.

Love the pineapple theme

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I would like see more tourists enjoying the area. I think we need a caravan park with camping facilities to attract more visitors. A cinema would be nice too.

Check out studio yellow on facebook

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Mine of course…..the best art experience you’ll ever have! www.studioyellow.com.au

It was a great journey to get you into the mindspace of these week’s art theme

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?I love history so it would be great to see more old photos. There must be lots around, hidden away in family photo albums BF – Before Facebook.

Breaking down the drawing process

#21 – The Collective Store

August 4, 2017

This week we visit a fantastic store РThe Collective, located in Wynnum Central (on the corner of Florence and Bay Tce), who have the most amazing items created by talented artists, designers and craftspeople. There are over 9,000 items currently in the store!!!  I got to spend some time browsing through the items and chatting with Leonie about this great spot.

Greeted at the door

Loads to see!

This is such a great concept for the artist as there is no commission charged but rather a ‚Äústall-holder‚Äôs fee‚ÄĚ ¬†set at a reasonable rate. ¬†With so many artists and items on display, I decided to do an impromptu test of Leonie’s knowledge, of who made what piece, and I was astounded by the knowledge of the artist, the process and the details of the pieces.

So many high quality items

What brought you to the area?

Wynnum has such a great vibe and it was just perfect for my kind of business – arty, eclectic, warm and welcoming. Also, that view from Bay Terrace down to the water! We are so lucky!

There is a children’s section in the store

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think I would have a story nearly every day for you! But the thing that will always stick in my mind is how Wynnum people can really rally for a good cause or to support a worthwhile endeavour. Wynnum has soul and I think that’s a rare thing for a city suburb these days.

You really need a bit of time, or many visits to take in all the items

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Oh, a cinema of course! And I would LOVE to see some of those empty shops turned into pop-up stores for start-up businesses.

Leonie, the store owner


Any link to a website that you would like to share?
www.thecollectivestore.com.au is currently being upgraded and a shiny new online store will be launching very soon!

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Christopher Richards is a local guy who does wonderful things engaging youth in the area. He’s one of those people who is always at the ready to lend a hand, he’s helped out with many community events that I’ve been part of and he’s a real asset to Wynnum.

Gorgeous items everywhere!





#13 – Cedar & Pine

9th June 2017

This week we meet Mali from Cedar & Pine. ¬†This bar is a gorgeous space in the heart of Wynnum! ¬†If you haven’t been here, you must, as it feels like a destination that you would travel to at Bulimba or New Farm, and here it is in Wynnum.

Wines, bottled drinks as well as on tap choices

Mali opened 2 years ago and has found a rhythm running regular events like trivia nights, wine tasting, games such as cards against humanity and speed dating.  It is also a great place to wind down the week, with a drink and bite to eat with friends.

Over 2 years since opening

My wife and I have had some great experiences at Cedar & Pine, whether just the pair of us, or when we dressed up as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World with friends for a 90’s trivia night. ¬†It was such a fun night!

Games are available to enjoy

When we caught up last weekend,  there was a wine tasting event with wines from a Margaret River Winery, the accompanying food was also amazing!

Wine tasting from Chapman Grove

What brought you to the area?

Aside from the great bayside living, the community offers wonderful schooling such as Iona and St John Vianney’s as well as great sports club like the bugs.

Mali with her sons, sporting the local rugby team jerseys

The outdoor area is a great space

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I’m really fortunate to be able to meet and get to know so many people that come into the bar. I love listening to people’s stories, having a laugh or a cry with them, and I’ve lost count of how many times these conversations turn into late night singing sessions… despite clearly no one having any singing talent.

Mali in the outdoor area of Cedar & Pine

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Our community getting stronger and having the critical mass of locals and visitors enjoying the area‚Äôs beauty, and of course, I’d love to have more of a precinct created to provide better nightlife in Wynnum.

Wonderful food and wine, what a way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
If your readers would like to keep up to date with the events coming at Cedar and Pine, they can enter their email at this link


Welcoming the wine tasters

Enjoying one of the wines

Mali chatting with guests

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

You should definitely interview Leonie from The Collective!
[Note: Mali also gave me some other great ideas for upcoming posts]

#11 – Frankie’s Coffee Bar

26th May 2017

This week we meet Sarah and Ross from Frankie’s Coffee Bar. ¬†Their business is new to the area, and already pleasing the locals with some nice additions to the usual items found in a coffee shop.

I had lots of fun chatting and shooting here today, and due to the coffees I sampled, this post was completed in half the usual time ūüôā
Do drop in and say hi!

EDIT: Frankie’s address is¬†2/15 Fox Street, across from Greene Park

Opening at 5:00 you can get your coffee nice and early

You can even order ahead!

What brought you to the area?

We always wanted to move to Brisbane to be closer to family.  In Melbourne, we lived near water and wanted a similar place to spend our time and found Wynnum.

I really enjoyed the cold press coffee

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

Wynnum will always be memorable to us now. It’s the place we decided to start something for ourselves, work for ourselves and be a part of a community. Wynnum and the locals have exceeded our expectations and given us a place to feel at home.

Different flavours including beetroot and turmeric

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Probably the same as a lot of our customers would like to see happen! Which is for the restaurant to reopen on the water, we hear stories of how wonderful the old fish n chips were. [on the creek]

Some very tasty treats as well, the brownie was so good!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?


Ross and Sarah are serious about their coffee

and tea…


Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum? History

History and upcoming events!

Thanks for allowing me to hang out with you both for a while!

Hope to bump into you at the newest coffee bar in Wynnum

#4 – Little Gnome Bookstore

April 7, 2017

This week we meet the Little Gnome at his bookshop, along with his humans, Bel and Jack.  I popped in a couple of times to have a chat and capture some photos. There was such a great vibe going on in the place.  Books, coffee, great company and Wynnum, what more could you ask for!

The business has been going for approximately 2 years, and it definitely feels a permanent part of the Wynnum landscape.  I loved the fact that some people have their own cups, with their name on it,  kept at the shop, for when they pop by. I had a great time chatting about books, soccer,  music and the local area with the 3 of them!

Over to the Little Gnome crew.

Love the facade, lots to grab the attention!

The three proprietors

What brought you to the area?

We’ve lived in Wynnum for 8 years. Loved it from day one. We chose our home in Wynnum North, because it was still surrounded by the original neighbours of the owner, so being in their late seventies, early eighties, they had so much history to pass on. We love the bay, the view and the community spirit here.

Such a cute and photogenic mascot of the store

Love the personalised mugs!

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think getting to know the amazing people we meet. Particularly those who have lived here their whole lives. The stories you hear, regardless of how old they are, are full of so much history. Characters past and present, are remembered by each person, in a different light. It’s fascinating.

A lot of books to ponder and had to remind myself to stop spine gazing!

A young customer agreed to pose for a photo.  He had an awesome name!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

The State and federal government need to see the potential the bay has to offer. More tourism orientated activities. A purpose built jetty with a carnival at the end. We also need to find a way to make the Wynnum CBD more connected to the water.

Little Gnome’s humans ready for chat with a smile

I enjoyed the coffee. A lot!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Supporters of independent authors is a core philosophy of the business

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

We have an amazing customer named Christina MacDonald. She is quite possibly the most fascinating human I’ve ever met. Incredibly bright and has lived a fascinating life.

Little Gnome keeping an eye on things in the store

#2 – Cranks Bicycle Garage

March 26, 2017 – Cranks Bicycle Garage

The cranks family

This week we meet the family behind the business Cranks Bicycle Garage.  I have known this family for a few years now, and they are very supportive of the local community. El took part in riding a fixed gear bike in a relay team across Australia last year to raise money for charity!  Incredible effort and looked to be an experience locked away in the memory forever!

Eloise rode this bike across the country in a charity relay event

The best open sign I have ever seen! 

What brought you to Wynnum?

We both love the water! Being close to the ocean is important to us both.

Now we have a chance to combine our love of cycling with living in the Wynnum area and contribute to our local community through our family owned business.

They start their mechanics at an early age


Do you have any interesting / memorable experiences in Wynnum?

We also love to contribute through Cranks wherever we can in creating a like minded community. Cycling is a passion for us and encouraging others to get out on the roads or pathways is something we love! Helping people gain experience and learn to cycle safely is important to us; cycling is for everyone!

Wynnum is an awesome place to live if you love being a part of an active, energetic fitness community for people of all ages!

Eloise’s pop’s bike that he rode all through his life

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

The current changing face of Wynnum/ Manly to continue.

All of these wonderful local businesses that are popping up creating a place to go on weekends.

Cranks family enjoying themselves ūüôā


Any link to a website that you would like to share?



Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

People who have a heart to continue to develop our culture and local community. Our area is unique and has some really exciting possibilities as we continue to move forward. We love the family environment and great local people who make it the great place it is; we love getting to know them and a little about their story!

Bespoke spoke holder

Love the smell of bike stores, and it hits you as you enter!

How cool is the card holder made out of a chain ring