My Story

Our people are the backbone of our village. Many of our traders are long-established and on first-name terms with locals. Between them there are many interesting stories to be told that paint a picture of the rich history and cultural diversity within our village.

In early 2010 the East Ivanhoe Business Association launched its ‘My Story’ series, profiling business owners and allowing locals to get to know the personalities and faces behind the counters.

Framed stories are located on counter tops in profiled stores, but here are some snippets:

SO SWISH with Nan Caple

Nan has owned and operated So Swish for over 20 years. Specialising in giftware, kitchenware and homewares, Nan and her staff place great importance on making their customers feel important. So Swish strives to provide great customer service, an interesting mix of quality products and a pleasant ambience for customers to enjoy.

After graduating from University in 1976, Nan worked as a Physical Education & Outdoor Education teacher. Nan has lived in Ivanhoe for 32 years, is married to David and has 4 adult children Anna, Alex, Sally & Eliza. Nan is actively involved in the East Ivanhoe and Heidelberg Community Bank branches, both of which are great contributors to the local community. “I work with a great team at So Swish. East Ivanhoe Village is a terrific centre to belong to, and we are surrounded by a wonderful and vibrant community. How lucky we are!”

EAST IVANHOE FRUIT SUPPLY with Sandy Stramandinoli

The youngest of 5 children Sandy was born in Italy in 1948.  When Sandy was just a year old his father made the ultimate sacrifice and immigrated to Australia alone to establish a new life for the Stramandinoli family.  In 1961 Sandy’s brothers and sisters joined his Father with Sandy and his Mother to complete the family unit. When they arrived in 1964 Sandy was 14.  The family lived in Broken Hill where Sandy’s father worked as an Engineer.

Sandy has been involved with fresh produce his entire life.  He managed a local supermarket and worked at the Fruit and Vegetable Market for years.  He has a long history with East Ivanhoe Fruit Supply, owning the business for 8 years from 1992-2000 before selling the business, only to re-purchase it in 2004.  The business has many wholesale clients as well as a large core group of regular and loyal customers who Sandy considers friends.

Sandy’s business philosophies are simple and authentic, he believes in quality produce and not cutting corners.   Sandy has lived in East Ivanhoe for 35 years with his wife and has 2 adult children. “I am at the fruit and vegetable market at 3.30am 5 days a week so that I am able to provide my loyal customers with nothing but the freshest and best quality produce every day.  The things I value most in my life and business are quality, friendship, honesty and for my customers to feel at ease in my shop.”