#HowTo: Bouldering at Beyond Bouldering Adelaide

#HowTo: Bouldering at Beyond Bouldering Adelaide

Have you ever tried bouldering before?

It’s probably the most challenging sport I’ve done ever. It’s almost like wall climbing, but without any harnesses, ropes, or even helmets. The walls are a bit shorter compared to wall climbing, but it’s also steeper and more angular.

Spoke to Jasper of Beyond Bouldering Keswick to learn a few basic bouldering tricks:

Finding Your Personal Brand: Learnings from Asia’s King of Talk, Mr. Boy Abunda

Finding Your Personal Brand: Learnings from Asia’s King of Talk, Mr. Boy Abunda

Summary: Find your core and speak from your own truth.

Did you manage to listen to the Part 1 of my 5EBI103.1 FM radio interview with Tito Boy? Here are tidbits of some of the most amazing insights he has shared with me as a premiere TV Host (30+ years in the showbiz industry!), talent manager, book author, celebrity endorser, newspaper columnist, and public relations guru.

Here’s the link to the interview: LINK

Otherwise, look for Radyo Pilipino on Spotify. Title: Barkada Radyo: Hey Paolo with Boy Abunda (uploaded 03 July 2020)

Spotlight: Young Adelaide Visual Artist H. Fleming

Spotlight: Young Adelaide Visual Artist H. Fleming

Did you know that there’s an amazing yet somehow inconspicuous art display located at one of the back streets of Rundle Mall? H. Fleming’s paintings are on display and are on sale at @galleryflaneur, a small glass display art showcase attached to one of the red brick buildings at Fisher Place, a street adjacent to the Rundle Mall Plaza / H&M store.

H. Fleming’s arts are surreal, abstract, and imaginative.

Hey Paolo Meets: Mobile Massage Therapy from Luke Van Boekel

Hey Paolo Meets: Mobile Massage Therapy from Luke Van Boekel

Want to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing spa environment in the comfort of your own home? Luke Van Boekel, 24, of Odyssey Health Practices Adelaide provides mobile massage therapy services to help pamper and ease tensions in your tired bodies without you necessarily leaving your own bedroom. 

Hey Paolo: Why massage therapy?

I have always been interested in both fitness and health ever since I was young. It started in 2017 when I took up Certificates III & IV in fitness training and a course in massage therapy too. I have been doing freelance massage services since then.

I’ve always been keen to understand how the body works. I believe fitness and massage also work hand in hand. It’s about learning how the muscles work and how you can help with recovery and rehabilitation through massages.

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Hey Paolo: How different are your services?

I offer “mobile massages” and I do it in the comfort of my client’s homes. I bring my own mobile massage bed, towels, music, and oil. It’s basically almost like a “spa” in their own homes. I also specialise in relaxation and deep tissue massages.

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Hey Paolo: What are the benefits that you get from massages?

I’ve had clients who only go for one-off massages while some are returning clients.

Some of my clients have sleep problems and massages generally help them to relax, calm down, and be able to sleep. While for athletes and those who train at the gym, massages help release tensions from their strained muscles and it helps with quicker muscle recovery too. I also have a client who has some form of disability after getting into a car accident. Massages help create better blood flow throughout his legs.

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Hey Paolo: When to avoid getting a massage?

Generally, if you have broken bones, burns, scars, and pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure.

Hey Paolo: Local recommendations for…

Brunch: I like going to Salem Cafe as it’s a completely vegan dining spot.

Weekend Spot: K-Pub also has vegan options and they have a killer vegan fried chicken.

Place to relax: I train both at Hangfit Street Workout and at PEAQ

TO BOOK LUKE FOR A MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION, CONTACT: @odyseeyhealthpractices

 

 

 

Private Conversation with William Gargula

Private Conversation with William Gargula

Clothes might arguably make the man — but practically speaking, stripping off any possible facades also make the man true and authentic.

Chatted with fitness trainer, adult entertainer, and one of Adelaide’s very own Magic Mike, William Gargula, 25, about the misconceptions and ins-and-outs of this tempting and rousing adult entertainment industry.  

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Hey Paolo: What motivated you to become an adult entertainer?

My ex-girlfriend and I were approached late last year by a few people from PONY to try working in this line of profession. I eventually pushed through and started working for them.

I like meeting people, talking to everyone, and making different kinds of connections — and I get that in this line of work.

For me to grow as a person, I want to put my “eggs in different baskets.” I am a personal trainer during the day and this is my side hustle.

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Hey Paolo: Have you had initial hesitations entering this profession?

My only anxiety at first was taking your clothes off in front of people and the intimacy part that goes with it. Making love for me is a very intimate process. At first, I didn’t feel comfortable doing it. However, I really do enjoy dancing and entertaining too. I have always been confident and comfortable with my body and myself.

Hey Paolo: Aside from having female audiences, do you get male patrons too?

I actually don’t mind performing in front of anyone regardless of their gender. I don’t care if the person’s a guy or a girl. I actually care more about my performance on stage and how I can feel comfortable during my private/one-on-one dances.

I’m 100% always there to entertain anyone regardless of their gender, age, or looks.

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Hey Paolo: What was your most memorable performance so far?

It was probably my first ever show as I was extremely nervous then. Someone told me before that performance: “If you screw up, no one’s going to notice that you actually screwed up. No one has seen your routine before anyway.” That night, it actually went okay — it was fun and memorable.

Hey Paolo: Most challenging?

My first one-on-one lap dance with a male was my most challenging, only because I’ve never done something like this before. It was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

I’ve done a few hen parties too where I felt a little bit uncomfortable. But once you hear the clapping and the cheering from the audience, then you slowly start feeling more and more comfortable.

Once I start feeling uncomfortable, I tell my clients to stop. I have to always think that I’m in control and that I’m on the seat of power. 

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Hey Paolo: Kinkiest?

At one of the hen’s I was invited to, I decided to do something different in my usual routine. While dancing, I decided to be sandwiched by the bride and her mum. I was facing the bride while her mum was facing my backside. I reckon the mother really loved it more than the bride herself.

Hey Paolo: How far do you go when you’re doing your performances?

For one-on-one lap dances, you can be completely nude as long as you feel comfortable with it.

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Hey Paolo: Are you allowed to kiss anyone during a performance?

I’ve never had, but you probably can.

Hey Paolo: Do you separate your professional from your private life?

I try to separate them all the time. I can’t marry the two together. Some of my clients know that I am also an adult entertainer, and if they’re interested to hear more about it, then I’m happy to share my stories too.

Hey Paolo: What do you think is the greatest misconception about strippers?

Strippers are typically boxed as “slutty” people. But honestly, none of my friends who work as adult entertainers too has ever tried sleeping with any of their clients. It is nothing but a job and it’s purely for entertainment. We want people to pay us money for another lap dance and to also keep coming back for more shows.

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Hey Paolo: Do you have a signature dance that your patrons enjoy the most?

I don’t even know what you call it — it’s probably like a dolphin dive and body roll.

Hey Paolo: How do you physically take care of yourself?

I have been a fitness aficionado my entire life (which is also the reason why I am a gym trainer too). Being athletic my entire life, I’ve had no problems about gaining too much weight. I’ve always been on the slimmer side, thanks to my parents’ genes. I love exercising 5x-6x a week, or sometimes even more. I also consider food as my “best friend.” I love cooking my own food that’s healthy, tasty, and enjoyable.

Hey Paolo: How do you motivate yourself before a show?

I get really nervous before any show. I try to concentrate and listen to a few songs on my playlist. I practice a few moves too before the performance. Before you know it, I’m already fully switched on.

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Hey Paolo: Have you ever felt really steamy and attracted to any of your clients while performing?

I did a lap dance and head massage for a one-on-one client. This person was super attractive and I was very much into her. I had to step back a little bit and concentrate on what I was there to do and not what I wanted to do. She was very keen on playing with me as well. After the routine, we chatted a little bit, exchanged Instagram accounts, but nothing really happened after that.

If I have a connection with someone, I want it to be organic and not really forced.

Hey Paolo: Have you met a client that has turned into a friend/date?

I’ve met a few of them where I’m like, “oh my god, they’re really gorgeous.” I would love to “entertain” them again anytime, but I haven’t gone as far as dating anyone.

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Hey Paolo: Where would you typically see William…

In the morning: You’ll see me working as a personal trainer in the gym.

In the afternoon: Depending on the day, I try to have personal time too whether it’s getting more sleep, watching Youtube videos, or catching up with my family and friends.

Weeknight: Definitely at home while cooking my own food. I absolutely love being in the kitchen.

Weekend: Out hanging with my friends, at a party, or catching up with people.

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Hey Paolo: Your recommendations for a good night out in Adelaide?

I would definitely recommend you to visit Pony. If you’re looking at holding private events, you can also contact and book through Man Netic Entertainment. We have an amazing group of sexy guys who are friendly, welcoming and are more than ready to entertain you.

INSTAGRAM: @billsongargula

**WATCH as William do the #NeverHaveIEver Challenge on Hey Paolo**

 

Hey Paolo Meets: Claire Petersen of The Little Animal Co.

Hey Paolo Meets: Claire Petersen of The Little Animal Co.

If you think having a single puppy at home is already hard work, you have to meet Claire Peterson of The Little Animal Co. Growing up with pythons, alpacas, emus, among many others, Claire has her heart firmly set ever since she was a kid to raise, rescue, and love animals and to also give them a safe place they’ll all call home. Now running her own business, Claire found a new calling in providing pet services for weddings and events.  

Hey Paolo: How did you start The Little Animal Co.?

I’ve always been a big animal lover. As a zookeeper, wildlife keeper, veterinary nurse, and conservation educator in the past, my world has always revolved around animals. I’ve also forged a career around something I love and something I’m passionate about.

When I had my wedding six years ago, I wanted to include my pets in the ceremony too, but unfortunately, there was no one who can look after them and there were no companies/businesses that offer these kinds of pet services during weddings back then.

I had a koala, Edmond, who has lived with us as an orphan for some time and during my wedding day, he was also there at the venue to act sort of as our “best man.” I made sure he will be present at my wedding and that guests will have a chance to have photos taken with him too.

My business started from there. Since 2014, my network of friends started asking me to help them with their pets and how they can incorporate them into their weddings. Now, my services range from pet pickups, chauffeurs, pet limo services, and even cafe hangouts/day outs with their dogs before the wedding, etc.

Hey Paolo: How did your love for animals begin? 

Growing up, we used to live in the city and had a massive backyard. My oldest brother also loves animals. I used to bring and rescue animals back home. I almost had a mini zoo in the backyard. That kept me busy and entertained.

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Hey Paolo: What animals do you have now?

I have a farm at home. We’ve had two cats (but sadly one passed away last year), chickens/roosters, a pair of rescued cockatoos, an Amazon greet parrot and a few other parrots, quails, rescued lorikeets, goats, sheep, a rescued alpaca (but has already passed away), two ponies, and an emu. I also had a cycle of rehab animals coming in and out of the farm at different times and we release some of them back to the wild.

I’m a bit of a bird nerd. I probably have more birds than anything else…

Hey Paolo: What’s your typical day with your animals like?

Given that I was a zookeeper, I pretty much do “zoo rounds” at home too. I get up really early before I get ready for work. I usually feed my dogs and cat first, and then I go to the different areas of the farm. Daily, I do constant rounds of feeding, watering, and monitoring.

Hey Paolo: What’s the value of animals for you?

I used to be really shy and passive when I was a kid. Animals were good for me because I can talk and connect with them. They were always happy to see me. They give me confidence and with them around, I feel validated as well. It has always been a loving place for me. They also represent loyalty and unconsumed love. They’ve been my world.

Hey Paolo: What kind of services do you offer at The Little Animal Co.?

A lot of my pet services are customisable — from pet chauffeuring services, taking someone’s pet to the wedding, etc.

Hey Paolo: What are the biggest animal trends that you see now?

Dogs are everywhere: dogs at weddings, dog-friendly cafes, dog events, etc.

Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Pet-friendly Cafe: Argo on the Parade is one of my favourites. They have an awesome menu and their cafe also caters to dogs. They also have beautiful murals where you can also have cute little photos of your dog next to it.

Place outside your home where you love bringing your dogs to: There’s an awesome dog park at Marshmallow Park on Glen Osmond Road. 

Dog-friendly wedding venues: A lot of the wineries and wedding venues in the Adelaide Hills are now pet-friendly. Maximilians Restaurant is brilliant — plus they have an emu there too! Woodburn Homestead is also beautiful and it is an amazing venue. There are always new venues popping up everywhere.

Instagram: @thelittleanimalco. Website: www.thelittleanimalco.com.

 

 

 

 

Hey Paolo E-Meets: The Filipino Project

Hey Paolo E-Meets: The Filipino Project

From the savoury Adobo (pork/chicken stew) to the trendy Ube dessert, the humble and unassuming Philippine cuisine is always catalpulted by foodies as the next Asian rising star. We chatted with John Viojan, owner of The Filipino Project in Adelaide, about his growing food business and how he flirts the international palettes of South Australians.

Hey Paolo: When was The Filipino Project established?

2016

Hey Paolo: What’s the history and inspiration behind your business?

We used to own another Filipino restaurant here in Adelaide. After closing the restaurant years ago, we found a gap in the market especially when it comes to offering Filipino food during festivals. We were lucky enough to be a part of many large events for the past three and a half years. Our business has since evolved and we now do private catering for intimate events, including birthdays and weddings.

Hey Paolo: What’s unique about your food/services?

We try to offer Filipino favourites with a twist. At present, we are the only business in South Australia offering Filipino Kamayan-style (communal style) grazing tables.

Hey Paolo: What are your main challenges as a business?

Not many people know what Filipino food tastes like. The main challenge will be introducing and describing the flavours to someone who has never tried it before.

Hey Paolo: What’s your most sellable item?

Previously, it was our Tocino-flavoured BBQ Ribs. But ever since we added Lechon (suckling pig) on the menu, everyone has been loving it. It has been a best-seller because we also offer limited quantity per event. People know that they have to come early to be able to order and get one, otherwise they might be able to try it at all.

Hey Paolo: How are you affected by these challenging times?

We’re mainly event-driven, so it has been difficult when our events get postponed/ cancelled. Now, things are starting to change and we’re starting to see more people out and about again. We’re doing a lot of smaller/ home-based catering gigs and we have also started bottling our own bbq sauce to sell to everyone.

Hey Paolo: What’s your personal story?

I’ve always had an interest in cooking. I was born in Illigan City, Philippines, but my parents migrated to Darwin, Australia when I was still a baby.  I grew up with a big family and we always have big gatherings to feed plenty of people. My dad was my first teacher in the kitchen. He has since passed away and his memories constantly inspire me. I just wish he has managed to try my own version of the lechon.

Hey Paolo: What’s your favorite festivals here in South Australia?

Our two biggest food festivals here are the Lucky Dumpling Market and Gluttony during the Adelaide Fringe.  The guys behind Gluttony gave us our first opportunity to work in the festival scene and we’ve been really lucky to grow our business alongside them. We love it when the city comes alive during the festival season. We wish it’s always like that all year round.

Follow THE FILIPINO PROJECT on Instagram: @thefilipinoproject

 

Vlog #10: Places to Visit in Adelaide, South Australia for a Family Holiday

Vlog #10: Places to Visit in Adelaide, South Australia for a Family Holiday

Last Winter (Aug 2019), my good friends, Tim & Yuyeth Fernandez together with their adorable baby,  Enzo, flew from Singapore to visit us here in Adelaide.

Enzo just turned one-year-old that time and we had to ensure that we’ll bring them to cool, baby-friendly places — which surprisingly also included a few wineries! LOL. 

Watch this fun video and get a quick tour of some of the iconic places here in this beautiful state, which included: Cleland Conservation Park, Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s CBD and museums, Hahndorf, Onkaparinga River, wineries such as Seppeltsfield and Samuel’s Gorge, and Mt. Lofty Botanical Garden.

 

Hey Paolo Meets: Dr William Peterson

Hey Paolo Meets: Dr William Peterson

With an impressive resume and colourful history, Dr. William Peterson’s professional body of work is as colorful and rich as his personal life story. Born and raised in America, he has worked and lived in various parts of the world but eventually landed here in Adelaide where he discovered his newfound “home away from home” while working as a Drama Arts professor at the Flinders University.

Hey Paolo: How did you start in the field of Drama Arts?

It just started with some acting classes at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco which used to do crazy Stanislavski training and it was badly taught at that time. 

I also lived in England for a year in the early 80s and among many things, I’d also decided to try applying and auditioning at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). As we all know, every other famous person in the UK acting circles has gone to RADA. It was ridiculous to think I’d ever get in — I actually didn’t get in.

When I moved back to San Francisco, my friends and I started a theatre company and we started recruiting people. We did an all-male production of the lonesco absurdist play “The Bald Soprano.” It ran for weeks and I got us reviewed. We also got ourselves a non-profit status as an organization. I discovered that I was enjoying it — it was so fun. That made me think: this is pretty great. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we get paid to do this everyday? 

I got Masters training in acting (M.A., Dramatic Arts, San Diego State University) and eventually received my Ph.D. (Ph.D., Dramatic Arts, University of Texas at Austin). 

Hey Paolo: How did you build a career in Asia?

In 1991, not a lot of people from the West knew much about Singapore. But the National University of Singapore wanted to hire someone from overseas and I was one of probably just a few applicants at that time. I got the job and  spent three years living there.

I looked at the university’s curriculum and there was no Asian content and it was very Western-focused at that time. I asked: “We’re not teaching any Asian content. If you don’t want to teach it and you don’t mind some white guy teaching it, I’ll do it.”

I would travel outside Singapore during the weekends and I’d go to nearby Asian destinations such as Sumatra, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. where I’d work almost like an ethnographer taking photos, writing notes, and meeting people. I wasn’t trained to do that kind of research but I just started doing it. Eventually, I became educated in traditional Southeast Asian art forms especially in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, etc. I’ve personally experienced all of them as a spectator while most of the time in the West, they are usually taught by people who have never personally seen them. 

From Singapore, I moved to New Zealand for three years and went back to the US. 

I also started doing my research in the Philippines back in 2001. It was at the University of the Philippines (UP) and connected with the People’s Educational Theater Association (PETA) where I met many cool people. I initially started writing about PETA and activism. But I thought, there’s nothing anymore new to write about. I came back to the Philippines a few years later to look at how the traditional Christian-rooted religious Senakulo ceremonies work, specifically the Moriones festival in Marinduque, Philippines. 

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Hey Paolo: Why move to South Australia?

The longer I stay here, the more I say: maybe I’ll just continue staying.

Aside from being headhunted to work here in South Australia, I also come here for the international festivals. Their festivals here are really interesting, challenging, wacky, and eccentric — and I like that. In some ways they’re my lifeline to a more progressive global theatre culture.

When I first started coming here in 2008, Adelaide wasn’t as green and pretty as it is now. It was all brown, flat, sad, and nothing like the present. 

I love living in a neighborhood where I know the people who live here. If I see my neighbours on the street, sometimes I end up talking to them for up to 15 minutes like I used to do when I was a kid growing up in Minessotta. 

Adelaide has really made me feel very much at home.  

Hey Paolo: Why do you love living here in Adelaide?

The most important factor for me is feeling that I’m at home. I didn’t feel that when I was living in Melbourne. I had a great, urban, cosmopolitan, fabulous lifestyle there, but I didn’t feel connected to the place. The built landscape and environment were beautiful, but it didn’t speak to me. 

Adelaide is charming and handsome, especially the big old 19th century commercial buildings. I also had that sense that this is going to be a friendly place especially since I live alone. 

And the connection to the land/country, it’s very powerful here. Plus the wineries and cellar doors here, like the Barossa, are wonderful. 

Hey Paolo: How do you innovate now as a drama professor in light of the pandemic?

My attitude from the very beginning is always to be honest in acknowledging the pain, discomfort, and confusion with what’s happening around us. 

I always tell people that we’ll all get through this emotionally well and healthy. We’ll just survive. How do we do that? A little bit of laughter even if we’re screwing up. 

I teach students who are from different cohorts including: dancers, visual artists, fashion majors, costumers, acting majors, film students, and education teachers. 

Flinders was one of the first universities to move to online classes. 

Even in a city like Adelaide, there will always be people who will have problems accessing the internet. We don’t have equal access to high-speed internet. We definitely can’t compete with the rest of the world if we don’t have proper internet bandwith. 

Hey Paolo: Do you think there’s a creative brain drain happening in South Australia now?

We’re trying to get more and more students to work across different art forms and to deepen their collaborative relationships with filmmakers, dancers, digital media artists, etc. To create work that they can make from here. 

I totally understand that some kids have to go to bigger centers.  But if you are somebody who wants to develop an artistic practice particularly across art forms, Adelaide is a great city to do it. The potential here is absolutely huge, particularly now that this is becoming a center for digital media. 

The city definitely has a strong commitment to the arts. 

My hope is that, those who can stay, I want them to feel they can stay here. 

Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Creative Spot: The Arts/State Theatre has a great vibe especially when things are happening there.

Dining Spot: Ding Hao at Chinatown. It’s the real deal. Good and unpretentious. 

Hangout Spot: I think the most powerful place is the Flinders Rangers for me. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Paolo Meets: Anthony Pasut of Adelaide Gin

Hey Paolo Meets: Anthony Pasut of Adelaide Gin

Beer and wine are traditionally everyone’s most popular liquor of choice, but undeniably, there’s an emerging contender in the alcohol scene: gin.

Yes, gin is fast becoming the new black.

In Australia alone, there are over 170 gin distillers operating in the market. Here in South Australia, another local distiller, Adelaide Gin, is ready to steal the spotlight with their range of quality products that boast unique flavours of rose, lemon myrtle, and hints of lavender that are locally sourced from Kangaroo Island.

We chatted with Anthony Pasut, Adelaide Gin’s South Australian Account Manager, to learn more about this rising star.

Hey Paolo: What’s the history and inspiration behind the business?

Established in 2018, Adelaide Gin & The Australian Distilling Company was founded by Michael Hickinbotham. The Hickinbothams have a great family history in wine and spirit making. Michael has always been a massive fan of gins. He has always been attracted to its colourful history, flavour profile, and the sophistication of the drink.

Michael’s love for spirits, coupled with his love for his hometown (Adelaide), pushed him to establish Adelaide Gin. Enchanted by the artisanal and handcrafted elements of the entire distilling process, he sought the best advice from international & local producers. And after 12 months, he finally mastered his own gin recipe together with his team which was led by their master distiller, Dr. Graham Jones. The result is a gin that truly embodies the Adelaide spirit.

Graham is an award-winning distiller and one of the few people in Australia who truly understands the intricate art, science, and craft of distillation. Graham teaches distilling at the University of Adelaide for over 30 years now.

To ensure a premium quality product, he distills Adelaide Gin in an elegant 20-year-old Frilli Impianti Italian copper pot still.

Hey Paolo: What’s unique about the Adelaide Gin?

South Australia has a great range of locally made gins. What makes our gin so special is that we source our botanicals from local suppliers. Our premium base spirit comes from the Barossa Valley and the lavender used comes from Kangaroo Island. We create our product at the Waite Campus in Mitcham.

At present, Adelaide Gin has already won four (4) gold medals in international competitions.

Hey Paolo: How do you describe the profile of people who loves Adelaide Gin?

The best part about our gin is that it really brings a wide range of people together. We have people who love to celebrate the dynamic vibe of the city. They enjoy the way our gin captures the botanicals that are sourced from places such as Kangaroo Island and the Barrossa Valley, which hold special memories for most of them. We also have gin lovers who fall in love with the flavour and the story behind it. No matter who they are, they generally enjoy the company of people, they love celebrating life, and they enjoy embracing the fun spirit of Adelaide.

Hey Paolo: What are the main challenges of your business?

Like everyone, the changing liquor landscape is a challenge in itself. So many good products are out there in the market. We try to work with all our local distributors to keep our ear to the ground especially when it comes to new bars and restaurants that are opening up. We work with our new and existing customers in any way possible to help them sell our products and we hope that the people behind the bars also become our “brand ambassadors.”

As an Account Manager, I really value the relationships I have in the trade industry and I try to ensure that I approach every conversation I have with them as if I was the owner of the establishment. I believe 90% of my job is creating and maintaining relationships with my customers to ensure that they trust me to deliver results to their business and that they know that when hard times occur, they can count on me and our company to help them in any way possible.

Hey Paolo: What are the necessary changes you had to adapt during COVID-19?

As a small business, COVID-19 really impacted the plans we had in place for the first half of 2020. We had so many of our customers literally closing their doors overnight. We had such a strong presence in the bars then and we had to change our direction to focus on the bottleshops and retailers instead to give the customers the same experience in their homes. It was all about ensuring the people that wanted to drink our gin were able to do so in the comfort of their homes.

Hey Paolo: What’s the future of the South Australian gin industry? 

That is the great unknown! It is such an exciting industry to be a part of and we are so lucky here in South Australia that we have such an amazing range of local gins. We continue to see more and more varieties of gin come into the market as companies play around barrel ageing or different distilling techniques. It is always a pleasure to go out in the city and try all the new gins that come out and I think we have a really good culture here in South Australia about getting behind the locals. Some of the best guys to work with in the industry are actually those who run their own distilling businesses because the passion we each share is infectious.

Check out Adelaide Gin:

adelaidegin.com.au

Follow Adelaide Gin’s Instagram page:

www.instagram.com/adelaidegin_

Follow Anthony’s Instagram page:

www.instagram.com/anthony_adelaidegin

Thoughts: “Love my gin. Love Adelaide Gin. Love supporting local distillers.”

– Hey Paolo