Five years ago, Tanck’s Corner was a historic post office in in the beautifully quiet town of Yarrambat (45 minutes north east of Melbourne). Tanck’s Corner founders Sue and Chris had a vision of turning the space into an energetic, family-centric haven for people to enjoy fine, locally sourced produce and unique lifestyle products. And that they have done!
Walking into Tanck’s Corner you can expect 90’s rap tunes one day and the next it will be soft instrumentals while their little boy Ziggy charms the team and customers. Not being the type to play inside the square, Sue and Chris have kept the contrast theme in their styling of the space, which mixes original French enamal pendants from a local collector with sleek Scandinavian designed Muuto hanging pendants. One of the most incredible features is the exposed trusses from an original 1900’s Hawthorne bank. Another local Yarrambat couple picked these up when the bank was demolished and laid them in their grassy paddock for eight years before Sue and Chris purchased them for Tanck’s Corner.
The story behind the store’s concept is equally as interesting as the space itself. Sue saw the struggles many retailers were facing while working in fashion agencies, but noticed that lifestyle stores with a unique concept were thriving despite the economic downturn across the industry. So when her mother purchased the old local post office with huge frontage and a large carpark, Sue pitched her this wild idea of an all-inclusive lifestyle space and after a little persuasion Tanck’s Corner was founded.
Sue and Chris are fans of sourcing Australian made, sourced and farmed produce for their menu and homewares products. Their community-minded values are what brought about the name Tanck’s Corner in the first place. The town of Yarrambat was originally called Tanck’s Corner after the location’s original German founder Frederick Tanck. Old Tanck lived on the site exactly where Tanck’s Corner is now till the locale was renamed Yarrambat in the 1920’s, meaning high hills and pleasant view in Aboriginal culture.
Back to the present day and Tanck’s Corner is a thriving destination for Melbournian’s weekend trips and a regular spot for a satisfying breakfast, fresh coffee and welcoming atmosphere for the locals. With a wide verandah wrapping around the building, a full-time pastry chef creating special treats and two incredibly smart and motivated founders, it’s easy to see how Tanck’s Corner has grown into the successful and fun-loving business Sue and Chris dreamed of creating.
Keep up with their journey @tanckscorner