Little East Bunbury

There is a little corner of Bunbury nestled to the East that has grown it’s own personality and blossomed into what is now a hub of great food, shops and people. The Stylo team took an afternoon to explore this piece of urban culture, and find out about the people behind what has become a much loved and buzzing precent. First stop “Happy Wife” for coffee and amazing cake. Paul Griffin and his wife Sophine moved to Bunbury 3 years ago to open their own café with the intent of establishing a ‘food to go’ outlet. After an extensive search for the perfect venue they settled on the old deli in East Bunbury. Paul had seen the potential for such a café after some years working in the hospitality industry in Perth, France, Noosa and Pemberton. While he recognised his concept and vision were a gamble, he never imagined that the people of Bunbury (and residents of East Bunbury) were ready to embrace a new injection of energy into this little nook, and within weeks he realised that while the food was ‘to go’ everyone wanted to sit and enjoy meals and coffee at ‘The Happy Wife’. Beginning with 3 staff the team now boasts 12+, and in three short years has expanded to include the much loved outdoor area with amazing views across Bunbury’s beloved inlet.


The Happy Wife consistently offers amazing food, much of it made from fresh local produce, a philosophy Paul and his staff feel strongly about. He has continued to manage a loyal and dedicated team. Incoming chef Kate, (no stranger to the Bunbury crowds) has just joined the Happy Wife to fill the big shoes of Jake who is heading off to South America on what will no doubt be an amazing adventure with some culinary stops along the way.


All cakes are homemade at “The Happy Wife” – like this coconut and chili cake – Yum


Sooooo, while we were on the Café trail, we decided to cross the road and visit “Corners on King”. This establishment is perhaps one of the oldest businesses in the Little East Bunbury precent but perhaps not as we know it today.  Originally The Mangrove Café, a young man born in Botswana and emigrating to East Bunbury at 13, decided to purchase it at the tender age of 20. In doing so he took on an extremely successful café and in 5 years Greg has put his own stamp on this eatery.  Why the change to “Corners on King”? Because Greg saw it as a natural progression for his business within the area, which was gaining popularity and respect from both within and outside the East Bunbury Community.  Greg also wanted to put his own personality and stamp on the business. There is no doubt the make over at Corners is amazing and presents a beautiful and very modern feel to the area.


Again we have a café that offers fresh local produce presented by a well oiled and committed team of individuals. It is fantastic to see a young man with such drive and ambition realise his dream of owning his own café. Greg is wrapped to see both a new group of clientele coming through his doors, while also continuing to welcome the loyal Mangrove customers. “Corners on King” is a family affair where Greg has had amazing support from his partner and parents. In fact is was his father’s idea with the name change, all coming to fruition around the family dinner table – of course.

But little East Bunbury is not just about cafes, as we discovered.  In fact we were surprised at the number of businesses within in the collective. “Soho Hair and Beauty”, like “Corners on King” has been in East Bunbury for 5 years, however owner/operator Kim Harvey has been in the hair and beauty industry for 32 years.

SohoKim Sohoteam

When we popped in the salon was buzzing, full of clients and a very beautiful and groovy team of girls. Kim chose to move to East Bunbury because she was looking for an area that had a nice vibe and easy parking for her clients.  When first identifying East Bunbury even her mum didn’t know where the area was, however that soon changed and it has proven to be a fantastic move for “Soho”. Like the Happy Wife, her staff has grown from 3 to 9 and she has many walk ins.  Kim sees the cafes as a great asset to the area as they have definitely enhanced the buzz and continue to attract the flow of traffic.

And who is the new kid on the block?????

“The Flower Bench Boutique”, an extension of the beautiful gift shop in the CBD has opened it’s doors only a few short weeks ago, and has already built up a strong and steady stream of clientele.  Russell Green felt that East Bunbury is now seen as a destination and lent itself to such a store where women could be offered great labels in a store and offered subtle sophistication and amazing service from the effervescent Jorja. How could you not buy something off this girl??


We were welcomed with open arms so what does a Style team do in a boutique? check out the product of course – and so much to choose from (all while enjoying a beautiful bottle of Geographe Reisling from Talisman)


That was a wrap but we have only covered half of Little East Bunbury. Stay tuned to the blog, facebook and instagram for our follow up on the other stores in the East, “Paul’s Fruit and Veg” at”The Quays”, “Xquisite” Hair and Beauty and “Parade Fish and Chips”

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Au revoir from the Stylo team

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