Orange restaurant tackles diner's changing tastes

STEP FORWARD: Gabbie and Tom Grasso in the re-designed Stepping Stone. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STEP FORWARD: Gabbie and Tom Grasso in the re-designed Stepping Stone. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Stepping stone

Popular restaurant Stepping Stone has pulled the wraps off their redesign. Owner-chef Tom Grasso said as diners’ tastes changed it meant businesses had to adapt, however that didn’t mean compromise on quality or service. “We’re still going to offer excellent services and excellent food,” Mr Grasso said. Now, Stepping Stone is all about comfort, “people should feel comfortable to walk in off the street or if you’re hungry. We don’t want people to feel like they have to be dressed up,” Mr Grasso said.

Unique security

Louis Leahy is an accountant by trade, but he’s dedicated nearly 15 years to solving a security problem. Mr Leahy has created Armorlog, an encryption which can provide a unique virtual keyboard for website passwords. “It allows users to have certainty they are going to the right website,” he said. Mr Leahy said system could give each person on the planet their own keyboard. “The website www.tmound.com is an example of how it can be used,” he said.

FRESH VIEW: Benchmark's Nigel Staniforth and David Dent in the new office. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0916jkbench1

FRESH VIEW: Benchmark's Nigel Staniforth and David Dent in the new office. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0916jkbench1

New Benchmark

Benchmark Commercial and Rural real estate have moved to 194B Lords Place. Director Nigel Staniforth said the move would benefit clients and staff. “It gives us more exposure but we also have been able to improve our client services,” Mr Staniforth said. He said confidence in the Orange market have given the business confidence to invest in a new office. “It’s more in line with what we’re trying to achieve as a business.”

Crystal clear

After 14 years of running a business from home Giulianna Ryan has taken Worldly Treasures to a location in Summer Street. With more than 18,000 homewares and gifts, Mrs Ryan said growing demand had meant more space was needed. “The new home gives our products more exposure, we’d outgrown MacLachlan Street,” Mrs Ryan said. 

UNIQUE: Giulianna Ryan at the new Worldly Treasures store in Summer Street. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 091916zlworldly3

UNIQUE: Giulianna Ryan at the new Worldly Treasures store in Summer Street. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 091916zlworldly3

Play time

Children can be a drag when grocery shopping, to make it easier, Orange City Centre has installed a play area. Designed for children from five years old, the play area will be a hub of activity for children and parents throughout the year. To celebrate the launch of the, activities will be scheduled every day of the first week of school holidays from September 24.

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