A taste of things to come

Carmans Kitchen

The traditional manufacturing pocket of Huntingdale and the retail and residential areas around it are changing – for the better.

Currently home to around 3500 jobs, Huntingdale is a key part of the Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster (The Cluster). As The Cluster grows, employment in Huntingdale will grow as well.  We will also see the types of jobs change over the next 15 years as the look and feel of the area changes.

Council is preparing a Precinct Plan for Huntingdale to support the expected jobs growth in The Cluster.  This plan will identify opportunities for more jobs and housing in and around Huntingdale. The recent improvements to the Huntingdale bus and train interchange have already seen forward thinking investors taking advantage of the competitive advantages of the location.

In a recent discussion with Carolyn Creswell of Carman’s Kitchen, Carolyn highlighted the value for money Huntingdale offered and her new site’s 20 minute access to most of Melbourne through key transport linkages (including the Monash Freeway) as main factors in her decision to locate her growing business in Huntingdale

Updating and modernising the tired looking 5000 M2 Pink Lady Chocolate factory site, Carolyn’s vision and investment has transformed it into a shining example of what the future holds for Huntingdale.

Located just behind the Huntingdale retail strip, Carman’s now welcome corporate customers and coffee aficionados alike via a bright and airy coffee shop, with a product outlet and yummy tastings on offer.

Staff at Carman’s now occupy a beautifully spacious and carefully designed office with all the extras that a business wanting to attract the best employees in the field offers. This includes a gymnasium, social room, yoga studio and sunny protected outdoor area to enjoy breaks. 

The new site also offers function spaces too, with a small training room with capacity for 24 and a conservatory function space for up to 48 people. These beautiful spaces were originally set up for planning meetings and staff gatherings but can now be hired by local businesses for training, workshops and functions. 

Including an ‘Innovation Kitchen’ in the upgrade has allowed caterer, Just Jenna’s, to access not only a fully equipped base to run her catering business from, but a secure stream of customers –   an independent business within a business, which is an all round win.

Carolyn’s vision in pulling together these disparate businesses into a free-flowing, bright and welcoming space for her staff, clients and the broader community follows perfectly on from the vision and drive that took her business from a $1000 investment in 1992 to the multi-million dollar future-focussed and globally recognised brand that it is today.

Pop in check out the magnificent office setting and try Tom’s coffee-making skills at 11 Hume Street, Huntingdale.

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Last updated: 21 August 2019