From food to fashion, Adelaide is a buzz with sustainable practices.
From food to fashion, Adelaide is a buzz with sustainable practices.
Do you have a passion for cycling and want an outdoor job where you can contribute to making Adelaide a better place to live and enjoy?
Well, EcoCaddy is looking for riders to join our team and help us roll into the sunshine this summer.
As we head into the busy holiday season we have several exciting campaigns ramping up and we’re looking for enthusiastic, confident, charismatic people to join our ranks.
We like to look at ourselves like a family rather than a company. It’s not about being a hero but we are kinda like a modern day Captain Planet, saving the environment one caddy ride at a time.
What do you get out of it? A unique outdoor job where you get to chat with locals and get that summer bod without going to the gym. Plus our vehicles are electric-assisted, taking some of the leg work out of it!
We will arm you with all the fun facts of our carbon-neutral service so you can help spread the word.
As a rider you’ll also need to be schooled up on local knowledge of Adelaide to help chat to our clients as you take them on their journey which may be 90-minute guided tour of the city, with YOU as the host.
What we need from you is: reliability, good time management and a passion for Adelaide and what EcoCaddy stands for.
Out there on the road you’ll effectively be our brand ambassador as well as the friendly face for our customers as you take them to their destinations.
Sound like you? Great! Get in touch.
This round of applications closes Friday, November 3rd.
If you miss this deadline still drop us an email, there’ll be future opportunities on the horizon.
Are you tired of finishing work, going home and sitting on the couch?
Perhaps you're like us and are keen to stay in the city after the 9-5 grind is done - just like the good ol' summer months. Yeah, what a time that was.
Well friends, it doesn't have to be just memories. We can make them too - on our night rides!
With over 22 thousand kilometres chalked up on our Caddy odometers, our riders know some of our City's most intricate and fascinating details.
Experience them for yourself and join us for a short ride around the CBD, North Adelaide and nearby suburbs as we make our way through the streets and alleys, heading to a new venue each time.
The distances aren't long and it'll be a fun pace the whole way, we won't lose you! Ride as far as you want to but know there's always a destination with drinks & food at the end. Each destination will be revealed on the day of the ride.
There'll be a ride departing at 6pm from the EcoCaddy Workshop every Tuesday:
May: 17th / 24th / 31st
June: 7th / 14th / 21st / 28th
July: 5th / 12th
~ PLEASE BRING ~
Front & Rear Lights, High-Vis also great!
Ensure you've got a bell (just so we can ding as a group and recruit new members)
We encourage everyone to join us; no matter what your level of experience is or the wheel(s) you choose!
Happy Friday Frienday! Today's shout out is a little different to what we'd usually feature on this blog. We love South Australian businesses and we like show our support for them in whatever way we can. But today's Friday Frienday is not a business, it's a cause.
"Cycling For Simone" is a fundraiser in honour of former record breaking jockey Simone Montgomerie, who sadly passed away in 2013 after falling from her horse. A group of family, close friends and other supporters will ride from Streaky Bay in South Australia all the way to Darwin, to raise money for the National Jockeys Trust. The odometer will hit over 3000km, with the team having already departed.
The National Jockeys Trust supports the families of the fallen and seriously injured riders around Australia and have supported the Montgomerie family, who now want to give something back.
The trek will be done on bicycle - with one exception! Scott Leckey, pictured above, will be riding one of our EcoCaddies along the way. We're honoured to be involved in such a great cause and are proud to sponsor the team on their journey.
We wish them the best of luck on their journey. To find out how you can support this great cause, visit their website listed above.
FRIDAY FRIENDAY IS BACK! If you're unfamiliar with what you're about to sink your teeth into, then take a look back through the archives of some of our previous entries. These posts are all about showing our appreciation for other amazing South Australian businesses and brands. So without further adieu, let's kick it off with none other than Troppo Architects.
We're very fond of everything that the creative minds at this iconic South Australian architecture firm create. We've paid homage to their successful and simply amazing cafe, Cafe Troppo, in the past. But now it's time to acknowledge the team behind it.
Troppo Architects was founded in response to the need for more robust housing following the devastation caused by Cyclone Tracey in the Northern Territory. Phil Harris and Adrian Welke founded the business and together, with their small team of intelligent and hard working architects, have been picking up awards left, right and centre.
They're the true definition of the term quiet achievers; having picked up so many local, national and international awards, it would take us a lot of time to even begin listing them here. Instead, you can visit their website and take a look for yourself.
Perhaps most impressively though is Troppo's latest award, The Peter Dermoudy award for Commercial Architecture. They were awarded this significant honour for the work they've been doing in the APY lands, designing modular and transportable housing for communities in Kakadu, NT. Congratulations, Troppo!
For the team, it's all about designing Eco-Friendly, Green buildings that use locally sourced materials to passively cool and insulate the structure. With Adelaide keenly focussed on becoming Australia's first Carbon Neutral City, we couldn't think of a more suitable candidate to kick off our Friday Frienday posts after such a long absence.
Pay Cafe Troppo a visit in the near future, or if you're a beach dweller, take a look at Henley Square, which they recently redeveloped.
Lunch time goes a bit a like this. You're hungry but you haven't packed a lunch. You blame morning you, who blames yesterday you, for not preparing yourself lunch. Blame is no solution to your hunger though. You resolve your inner argument as you leave your office, wait in line for a meal and eat it. You return to the office with a new found motivation to make yourself a healthy meal for tomorrow. It's 9pm and you face the same dilemma. It's okay, this is a common issue for all, but, did you know that there is a solution. A solution so simple, you'll wish you'd found it earlier. It's called Market Meals, and they're our Friday Frienday for good reason.
Market Meals, run by Ryan Kris, Lucie Vano & their expert team, which includes a dietitian & great kitchen staff, exists to solve your lunchtime blues. It's an idea that grew from a conversation that Ryan and Lucie had while working in the music business. An opportunity to give some new software a run was the perfect starting block, and a property on Market Street, across from the Adelaide Central Markets, enabled it all.
Adelaide is a wonderful city and there is a growing demand for fast, healthy and affordable meals (as we've noted previously). Market Meals caters for that demand and goes the extra mile to deliver it to your door!
“More people want healthy options. We source our ingredients fresh from the Adelaide Central Markets. We’re thinking of all the aspects of the consumption cycle and we’re reducing the carbon footprint.
— Ryan Kris, Co-Founder
Market Meals is unique, as they're not explicitly a food truck and nor are they a closed kitchen; instead they exist mainly online. It's a different way to operate, but one that certainly speaks innovation and creativity. 2016 will see a new line of pressed juices join the menu, along with increased catering services for offices and of course the same amount of supporting and encouraging a healthy community. Book a meal online and give yourself a Hi-5 when that meal is delivered, you'll deserve it.
Welcome to the first Friday Frienday of 2016. We've been busy working at the Tour Down Under and we're loving every minute of it! So we thought we'd continue on the bike rhetoric with a dedication to one of our finest establishments dedicated to the two - or even three - wheels; Treadly Bike Shop.
Treadly accommodates the lycra clad riders, the city commuter and the family transporter. Nestled on the lively Ebenezer Place, it epitomizes what makes this street amazing. The district has seen a lot of revitalisation, spearheaded mainly by Tectvs Architects and the Maras Group after a huge lull in activity following the '90's recession. Now though, Ebenezer is the go-to-destination with a diverse range of eateries, exceptional cafes, boutique retail shops, bars, offices and accomodation!
When we enter Treadly we're warmly greeted by young gun founder, Sam Neeft, and his tight knit crew Hamish and Jake. These guys aren't just mechanics, they're carers. They care about the bike and the rider, and they ensure that you get the ride that fits your every need. There's no judgment from this crew either, whether it's an easy solution to a tricky problem or something they really need to work on, it's a welcoming community that you'll never feel embarrassed in - and we love that, because cycling is great and maintaining your ride is important, and should never feel 'too hard' or 'out of your league'.
What we love most about Treadly, though, is their willingness to give back to the community. The Boucle De Burbs, an annual event designed to urge participants to take their time and explore new places via bike, is a shining example. If you missed out in 2015, don't worry because it will be on again this year, so be sure to block out August from any potential vacation time! Of course, if you can't wait that long, they're running an event called MAKER - showcasing the best things about Australian cycling -this Sunday January 24th out the front of their shop, from 10am - 3pm. See you there!
After the anticipated high-speed finish on Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under, Stage 2, from Unley to Stirling, is a little harder to predict. Ahead of the riders today is a 132km route that takes them through what are probably your regular weekend cycle locations, like Crafers, Bridgewater and Aldgate. The riders will complete five laps of the circuit around Stirling, so once again, if you're keen to see the riders as many times as possible (without scurrying off to the car and somehow speeding ahead through an intricate set of check points) then Stirling and the surrounding areas is the prime spot.
The loop around Stirling can, as it has in the past, provide a sniff of a stage win for the ambitious breakaway hopefuls a la UniSA's Will Clarke in 2012.
Provided the peloton are on the front foot and ready to catch any riders out in the front, this should be a sprint finish. It does get tricky though, because it is a slight uphill finish and that means that the pure sprinters will be exerting more energy faster, so timing will be of the utmost importance. It's hard to go past Caleb Ewan who is in sensational form, but keep an eye out for the likes of Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar & Ben Swift of Team Sky.
EcoCaddy Pro Tip:
1. Caleb Ewan (OGE)
2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV)
3. Ben Swift (SKY)
Who do you think will win? Comment your predictions below!
Stage 2 Results:
1. Jay McCarthy (TNK)
2. Diego Ulissi (LAM)
3. Rohan Dennis (BMC)
Ewan & Swift were both dropped before the final sprint and a big crash in the lead in split the field, but Jay McCarthy put in an amazing effort.
Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under kicks off today, and it's fair to say for the peloton, it couldn't come soon enough. The adrenalin would have been pumping following the 51km extreme-speed-amazing-spectacle People's Choice Classic on Sunday. But the riders had to back it up with a day off, as it does every year. Most of Monday's rest day would have included a relaxing coastal ride, a whole lot of coffee and a few massages for the riders, in order to prime themselves for the start of Stage 1.
The tour begins with a 130.8km route, with the starting gun being shot at 11am in Prospect, and the final lap bell ringing in Lyndoch around 40 minutes before the the expected finish time of 2:34pm (to be precise).
Lyndoch provides the best opportunity to catch the riders in action, with four laps of the area sure to entertain! The final three kilometres of the stage is pancake plat and has a bunch sprint written all over it.
EcoCaddy Pro Tip:
1. Caleb Ewan (OGE)
2. Steel Von Hoff (UNA)
3. Wouter Wippert (CPT)
Who do you think will win? Comment with your predictions!
1. Caleb Ewan (OGE)
2. Mark Renshaw (DDD)
3. Wouter Wippert (CPT)
2 / 3 ain't bad! Stay tuned for tomorrow's entry!
It's one of the most anticipated Sunday nights in January. The weather is warm, the sun sets late into the evening and the atmosphere is electric. The People's Choice Classic is the curtain raiser to the Tour Down Under, but it's no casual ride, with many of the cyclists stretching their legs competitively for the first time in the new year and everyone wanting to prove they're in good form.
The 51km circuit around Rymill Park in Adelaide's East End becomes a wall of noise as thousands of people line the streets. The riders travel at speeds you'd be more comfortable doing in a car with four wheels and an airbag - 76.1km p/h was the fastest for 2016. It was always going to be a sprint finish, because that's what the riders and fans want.
Australian young gun, and brand new National Criterium Champion, Caleb Ewan took line honours in an emphatic sprint finish. He was hardly visible during the entire race, only to pop up in the final 200m in a lung busting effort that left his competitors gazing at the back of his heels. With this win, he's proved he means business, and it's going to take a big effort to beat him. He'll already be turning his attention to Stage 1 on Tuesday, from Prospect - Lyndoch, with a flat route sure to see a fast, sprint finish yet again.
But the day wasn't all about cycling, it was about something even more revealing than lycra - undies & bowel cancer. The People's Choice Undies Run brings thousands of people to run or walk a 1.7km route in - yep, you guessed it - just their undies. It's a great cause and you should get involved next year!
Topham Mall has turned over a new leaf and with the support of Renew Adelaide is budding into something truly marvelous. One of the innovative new businesses that has sprouted from Renew's input is The Flower Nook. Founder Sophie Kresevic came up with the idea after finishing her interior design degree and deciding that an office job was not her bag - or bouquet if you will.
What has blossomed since is a fantastic smelling space and business model that focuses on simplicity. The layout is minimalist and the use of ply on a white backdrop speaks true of the vision behind the business; that choosing and enjoying flowers should be an easy, fun task and enjoyed daily!
Matched with impeccable service by their friendly staff, it's no wonder flower sales are blooming! Sophie believes that everyone should have a little joy in their life and flowers are a simple way of ensuring that happens. We definitely agree, and that's why you shouldn't be surprised when you see one of our Caddies rolling down the street with some of The Flower Nook's brightly colored bunches or succulents in our back seat. The Flower Nook creates happiness and wants to spread the love on the daily and we are all about that! That's why they are our Friday Frienday for this week!
Perpetuated by the rapid burgeoning of small bars, cafes and co-op spaces in the city, Adelaide is becoming cool. But three years ago before all that really began, there was one cafe that set out to do things differently. Maddie & Alex Harris took a punt on the untapped potential of the "questionable" south-west quarter of the City.
The result of that dive in the deep end is Cafe Troppo. A charming little space that's situated where Sturt Street intersects with the eastern side of Whitmore Square. It's the go-to when you want a health-kick and a tasty coffee; try the housemade almond milk! The team behind the bar are made up of talented and creative individuals, from sculptors to musicians and performing artists, so you're always guaranteed a good yarn. Troppo, as of this year, has become a Friday night destination, too. They secured a small bar liquor licence, and since then the wines, music and brews have been flowing freely.
Designed by local Troppo Architects, the space itself has a unique aesthetic. The native flora used in the design is complemented by the rich aromas of locally sourced food (sometimes literally from the neighbours backyard) and beverages. It's an aesthetic that transports you away from the feel of a big city and into something similar to an outback shack - and it's really nice.
Cafe Troppo is a catalyst for evocative change in Adelaide's rapidly transforming South-West quarter. It started with next-to-no foot traffic and they now stand as a major draw card for the area bringing in visitors from far reaches of the City. From the attention to the detail, to the friendly crew and menu that boasts local produce, Cafe Troppo has it all and it's easy to see. That's also the reason why you will probably spot one of our Caddies there next time you visit. Happy Friday Frienday Cafe Troppo!
Welcome to Radio Adelaide, a place often referred to as the dream factory - and here's why.
Radio Adelaide is Australia's first community radio station, it was first managed by our good friend and Mr. South Australia, Keith Conlon. It has provided the starting block for journalists and media professionals for over 43 years. It's a place that welcomes you in with wide arms and big grin, and It's a station where dreams can actually become a reality.
For years, University students from The University of Adelaide have volunteered at Radio Adelaide, learning and honing their skills in everything from news reading, production and on-air presenting. It's imperative for their development in the media industry and it's a valuable network to be involved with. But it's not just the young people that get the most from Radio Adelaide. It's our older generations, too. Every year over 400 volunteers get together to do everything from spin their favourite records on-air, to helping out at the station. It's a community that reaches far beyond their soon-to-be demolished, home at 228 North Terrace.
And that's where this Friday Frienday becomes sad. Radio Adelaide is in threat of closing.
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This is a story that begins around forty years ago when BMX as a style was formed and a young man's passion was unearthed. That young man, Matt 'Hodgy' Hodgson, fell in love with BMX at an early age and it has dominated his life ever since. After making it pro and racing the Australian scene for a long time, he hung up the wheels. But what was to come next? Hodgy isn't one to be boxed in, and a 9-5 office job was never going to be an option. So he started Little Black Bike,the go to destination for all BMX riders that want to know the best spots in town to shred, fix the unfixable and a fun place to share some banter.
Though specialising in BMX sales and repairs, Hodgy has an open door policy for his shop. It's that attitude that often sees him nutting out some of the more weird and complicated fix-ups that most other bike stores wouldn't dare to touch.
Little Black Bike - abbreviated to LBB - is tucked away in a little lane called Fredrick Street, just off Whitmore Square. A two minute walk from our workshop, Cafe Troppo, Vietnamese Laundry, Paddy's Lantern, My Kingdom For A Horse and an exciting new Gin Distillery and Bar. It's a welcomed addition to a rapidly transforming neighbourhood.
“(The closure) affected local businesses like my shop because now less BMXers are venturing into the city. The park was revolutionary as it was neutral territory, and all the riders and skaters embraced it.
— Matt Hodgsdon, Little Black Bike
The workshop's impact has been noticeably positive, not only because it has one of the nicest fit outs going 'round, but it has also encouraged the number of BMX riders cruise through the streets on the reg. Most recently though, the BMX scene in Adelaide has experienced some rapid change. The closure of the North Terrace skate park - a hottly contested subject around Matt's peers - being the driving force.
LBB has been around for 7 years thanks to Matt's dedication to the BMX scene. We love the way LBB roll. They are a testament as to how a small business can play a significant role in positively impacting a community.
As the classic proverb goes, you don't win friends with salad. Well, a proverb that at least one fictitious family lives by.
In reality, it's the exact opposite. Jack Greens is the freshest salad bar to hit the scene, and they've well and truly made friends with us & those that frequent the Adelaide CBD looking for something healthy, fast and tasty!
Situated on Waymouth Street in the city, Jack Greens serves up the healthiest salads so quick they're redefining the entire concept of 'fast food'. That's right, fast food CAN be healthy. In fact it was that very notion that led Wade Galea and James Marshall to develop what began as an idea, into a reality. An idea that would inevitably rock the foundations of the fast-food industry - starting on a small scale of course.
The best part is the local love they share. All their produce is sourced locally from ethical businesses! Their superstar chef and outgoing crew then whip it up right in front of you. Next thing you'll know, your stomach, mind and bank account are happier and your colleagues are envious (just make sure you take the credit for showing them).
That's why we dig them and why they're our latest friends for Friday Frienday!
We like Pirate Life for a number of reasons. We have quite a lot in common with the crew at their Hindmarsh Brewery; we like beer, they have a blue floor and we launched at the same time - all the essentials.
Michael Cameron, better known as MC, his son Jack, his two mates Red & Lewis and a handful of talented local staff are the crew behind the amber infusions that we love to sink after a long shift on the caddies.
They could've chosen to start-up Pirate Life anywhere around Australia, having originated in Perth, but instead they chose us because "Adelaide deserves to be famous for more than just churches and ice coffee".
They're getting around heaps of local events and are pouring in some of the finest establishments like The Gilbert Street Hotel and Udaberri - have a tipple the next time you see the blue & white tap!
The alarm starts buzzing at 4:55am. It's a crisp Friday morning. In under an hour, a caddy is rolling out of the workshop and into the dusk. The city, usually bustling with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is bereft of activity. The early morning council workers sweeping the streets and collecting the bins wave to us as we glide gently down a sleepy King William Road. The morning air is fresh, dewy and full of potential. We're out this early because we're trying something new.
Developed over a few cups of coffee, our brand new partnership with Mondays Coffee Store took shape. We quickly realised that our two businesses have a lot in common too - we're both people focused and aspire to offer the best quality product to our customers with no room for second best - so teaming up was logical!
We needed a test bed to seed the idea and it didn't take long for us to settle on a place that, although it's in a remote part of the city, houses a temporary population of construction workers every day - the site of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. The dedicated hard working crew arrive earlier than when the first route of public transport begins running, and we were confident they loved their coffee, too.
So Thursday evening came around and Jarrad starting brewing in his Galwer Place store, while we detailed the prime location to deliver it, free of charge.
Watch the video below to see how we delivered 75 cups of iced coffee across town in under 30 minutes. Get in touch if your business needs something delivered in the CBD or North Adelaide.
By now you'll have had a peek inside the colourful City Brief guide that you can find in many of Adelaide's great establishments. The seasonal guide gives you a minimalistic perspective of the city, including what's happening, where to eat before attending that very event and even how to get there (plus so much more!)
Sam Dickinson is the brains (and good looks) behind the book, with a simple idea and the motivation to highlight the best things in our City - all which he probably learned during his other venture - Jaunty Shoe Shine in Adelaide Arcade.
We've had a blue (our personal favourite), red and a green guide - so what's next? Well, the next season is summer, so... (no spoilers here)
Pick up a copy, flick through it and find somewhere in this rad city to visit.
It's with a mixture of sadness, but also great hunger and optimism, that we must announce the end of day service for 2015.
Thank you to all of you, our loyal and friendly customers, that have been adventurous and taken a punt by Hailing a Caddy to zip across town during your lunch break. Hopefully we saved you time and changed the way you approach your mid-afternoon meal by opening up parts of the city that you never knew existed nor could reach in such a short space of time.
If you did notice us out on the road but didn't get the chance to take a ride, don't fret. The past couple of months have been a useful and enjoyable period testing the viability of providing you with a lunch-time pedicab service. We feel there is a time and place for our service, but we need to take one step back in order to take two steps forward. We are, after all, a small-business start up, and when things aren't financially viable, we can't keep crossing our fingers and toes in hope.
But don't worry, we are not giving up! We are simply going to go back to the drawing board to work out how we can really make this work and to get you, your friends and everyone else on board regularly.
Daniels Langeberg & Crew
Founder + CEO
Perhaps the most anticipated Friday Frienday yet - and not because last week's edition was the first and you're all on the edge of the seat to find out who our next friend is - but because of a lil' something we shared with you earlier in the week.
Who is this mysterious coffee bean man and what's he doing running on top of the EcoCaddy Logo?
Alright, so if you read a little deeper into our instagram post, you'll have noticed the caption "Mondays x EcoCaddy". But what does it all mean, basil?
This is an exciting new project for us, and we're proud to be teaming up with another great local business. Starting real soon, EcoCaddy and Monday's Coffee Store, on Gawler place, will be delivering iced filter brew coffee to your door! Yep, that means you won't have to walk all the way in the blistering summer sun to get that satisfying cup.
We're not far away from rolling this delicious service out to you regularly. The best part is that you can book us to bring coffee to you! That's right. If you've got an office meeting coming up or have a lecture filled with unenthusiastic students needing a pick-me-up, we can be there to save the day!
In the mean time, visit Mondays, say g'day to Jarrad and the crew and enjoy a bangin' hot brew, a delicious bagel and soak in some sweet beats. Check them out on Instagram, too.